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City council briefs

February 27, 2002

Council supports change to zoning laws


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday narrowly endorsed a change to city zoning laws that would add the agricultural zoning classification to the list of zones that allow Planned Unit Developments, also called PUDs.

A final council vote on the matter is scheduled for March 26.

A PUD is a special zoning designation that typically allows more building on a property than would be allowed under the existing zoning. PUDs are allowed in most residential and commercial zoning classifications. The City Council must approve PUD plans.

On Tuesday, the council voted 3-2 to endorse the change.

Council members Kristin B. Aleshire and Penny May Nigh voted against the change.

Aleshire has said he was concerned that allowing PUDs in agriculture zones would circumvent the rezoning process.

Council members Lewis C. Metzner, Carol N. Moller and N. Linn Hendershot voted for the change.

Mulberry Street building sold for $20,000


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to sell 21-23 N. Mulberry St. to David L. and Linda G. Conn for $20,000.

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The new owners will turn the first floor of the building into an office and have two apartments on the second and third floors, said Deborah Everhart, city economic development coordinator.

A final council vote on the sale is scheduled for March 26.

Pair of properties bought for program


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of two properties for the city's Single Family Homeownership Program.

The city will buy 118 S. Locust St. for $17,000, and 38 Elizabeth St. for $22,500.

The homeownership program is funded with a federal grant. Through the program, the city buys, renovates, then resells homes.

Parks getting new playground equipment


New playground equipment is coming to Hellane and Fairgrounds parks in Hagerstown.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $12,325 contract with Miracle Recreation Equipment in Martinsburg, W.Va., for swings and a climbing dome for Hellane Park, plus new swings for Fairgrounds Park.

Traffic-obstructing poles to be placed


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a plan to adjust traffic patterns on Edgewood Drive near the intersection with Dual Highway.

The changes would put small traffic-obstructing poles on Edgewood Drive near an entrance to the Hagerstown Commons shopping center across from Howell Road, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

That would stop vehicles from driving across from Howell Road and into the shopping center entrance across the street. That entrance is supposed to be used by vehicles heading north on Edgewood Drive, Tissue said.

Traffic-obstructing poles also will be put on Edgewood Drive in front of an entrance to the Hampton Inn on the north side of Dual Highway.

That change would force vehicles waiting to turn left on Dual Highway to stay in one lane until after that entrance to the hotel.

Qwick Kurb of Ruskin, Fla., will be paid $9,796 to make the changes. That money will come from funds the original developer gave the city, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

Curb, sidewalk replacements OK'd


A $27,362 contract to replace curbs and sidewalks on some city-owned property was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

Hiser's Concrete in Hagerstown will replace curbs and sidewalks on property, including on the south side of Northern Avenue from Long Meadow Park at The Terrace to the American Legion, on Frederick Street at the city's Claude M. Potterfield Pool, and on Jefferson Street next to the city's golf course.

Council approves grant for curbs, sidewalks


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday OK'd a city application for a $17,500 state grant to help pay for construction of a curb and sidewalk along Md. 68.

The new curb and sidewalk would connect existing sidewalk at Woodpoint to existing sidewalk at Key Circle.

The city would contribute $12,500 toward the project, plus $5,000 worth of design work, according to city documents.

- Dan Kulin

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