City council briefs 4-10

April 10, 2002

City Council to seek input on parking lanes

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday agreed to ask residents whether they want travel lanes turned into parking lanes on U.S. 40 west of downtown.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the Maryland State Highway Administration, which controls the road, probably would be willing to make any changes the council requested.

Tissue said a state plan calls for changing parts of the left-most travel lanes into parking spaces along West Franklin and West Washington streets and Washington Avenue, between Burhans Boulevard and West Side Avenue.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he would hate to have those changes made if residents oppose them.

Mayor William M. Breichner said the city board of traffic and parking will arrange a meeting with residents to get their opinion of the plan.

Council OKs donation stations for Blues Fest

Western Maryland Blues Fest organizers received permission Tuesday to put donation stations in Hagerstown City Park, during the music festival's June 2 park concert.

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved the request.

Admission to the park concert is free, and Blues Fest Chairman Carl Disque said they want to try to recoup some of their costs through donations.

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