city council briefs

March 27, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Traffic pattern to change around park

Due to safety concerns and the coming park season, the traffic pattern at the intersection of North Cleveland Avenue and Security Road near the main entrance to Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park will be changed on or about Tuesday April 2, the City Engineering and Inspections Department announced Tuesday.

After the change, all traffic traveling west on Security Road will have to stop at a stop sign, and traffic in and out of Fairgrounds Park will not have to stop.

Traffic going north on Cleveland Avenue will not change.

For more information call 301-739-8577, extension 125.

Council OKs transfer of CASA property

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved the transfer of the former CASA (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused) women's shelter property to The Wells House.

The former CASA shelter is at 124-126 E. Baltimore St.

The Wells House is a halfway house and drug- and alcohol-abuse treatment center for men that is currently at 324 N. Locust St.


During a council meeting earlier this month, Wells House Executive Director Charles H. Mooneyhan said the program has outgrown the current facility, which housed 17 men at that time.

If able to move into the former CASA shelter, the program could take in two or three more men. Also, the current building would be kept and turned into a transitional home where up to eight men could go before leaving the program, he said.

Mayor William M. Breichner has said the council has approval authority over the transaction because CASA used a federal grant obtained through the city to purchase the property.

The transfer was among a package of items, including several purchases, approved by a 3-1 council vote.

Councilwoman Penny May Nigh voted against the package of items.

Council OKs use of storage bays

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 4-0 to approve an agreement that allows an organization that constructs and installs ramps for area homes to use three storage bays on the lower level of the grandstand at Fairgrounds Park.

The Corporation for Assistive Technology will be allowed to use the storage bays from April 1 through March 31, 2003, under the agreement approved Tuesday.

Councilman N. Linn Hendershot said the corporation is a nonprofit group.

Insurance, contracts and purchases OK'd

A lease for golf carts, a contract to mow Fairgrounds Park and insurance renewals were among the contracts and purchases approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

The expenditures approved included:

- $48,800 to Bill's Tile & Home Improvement in Hagerstown to renovate 208 E. Franklin St.

- $43,088 to the Local Government Insurance Trust in Columbia, Md., for commercial property insurance.

- $13,622 to Wright Gardner & Tischer Insurance in Hagerstown for boiler and machinery insurance.

- $46,040 to the Hagerstown YMCA to run three summer play camps at the city's Pangborn, Hellane and Wheaton parks.

- $6,930 to Nature Boy's Lawn Service in Boonsboro for mowing Fairgrounds Park.

The council also approved a 5-year lease of 20 golf carts from E-Z-Go in Manassas, Va. for $12,631 a year.

The expenditures were among a group of items approved by a 3-1 council vote.

Councilwoman Penny May Nigh voted against the measure, after questioning two of the items.

Nigh asked whether city employees should mow the Fairgrounds instead of a private contractor.

Nigh also asked whether the city pays the YMCA to operate summer camps at city parks.

City Department of Recreation Manager Douglas Stull said it would cost the city more to have city employees mow the Fairgrounds than the private contractor is charging.

Stull also said that the city does pay the YMCA to run the summer camps.

Council votes to sell Mulberry St. property

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 4-0 to sell 21-23 N. Mulberry St. to David L. and Linda G. Conn for $20,000.

The new owners will turn the first floor of the building into an office and have two apartments on the second and third floors, City Economic Development Coordinator Deborah Everhart has said.

City Council votes to buy two properties

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 4-0 to purchase 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.

Decision on zoning law changes postponed

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 4-0 to postpone a decision on a proposed change to Hagerstown zoning laws that will add the agricultural zoning classification to the list of zones that allow Planned Unit Developments, also called PUDs.

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.

In February, the council voted 3-2 to endorse the change.

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