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Hagerstown City Council briefs

April 25, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Purchase of rain insurance approved


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of rain insurance for this year's Western Maryland Blues Fest.

The insurance policy costs $3,400, and will pay out $40,000 if it rains at least 1/2 inch between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on June 1, according to city documents.

The Blues Fest organizational committee pays for the insurance, but needs council approval for the expenditure because Blues Fest is a city event, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said.

The council also approved the use of the Public Square and the North Potomac Street Parking deck for Blues Fest activities.

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The Washington County Arts Council requested the use of the parking deck from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on May 31 for Blues Fest activities.

The arts council and Home Federal Savings Bank also requested the use of Public Square from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 1 for Blues Fest.

Jeweler allowed to use square for celebration


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave R. Bruce Carson Jewelers permission to use part of Public Square in front of the business for a May 16 and May 17 anniversary celebration.

The council also OK'd the serving of alcoholic beverages during the event.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 17, according to city documents.

Fairgrounds renovations spending is approved


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $21,904 to fix up part of the upper level of the grandstand building at Fairgrounds Park.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said the restrooms will be renovated and brought up to code, as will one large open area in the building.

City to buy building, demolish it for parking


The City of Hagerstown is buying the former Unikote building at 18 W. Antietam St. and plans to demolish the building and put a parking lot in its place.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved purchasing the property and one-story building for $119,000. The city is buying the property from Vincent Groh, city Economic Development Coordinator Deborah Everhart said.

The planned parking lot would have 18 metered spaces, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire said the purchase is being paid for with federal funds the city oversees.

City has plans to level former Double T Lounge


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 4-1 to authorize city staff to move forward with plans to demolish the former Double T Lounge building in downtown, and put a walkway and parking lot on the property.

Councilwoman Penny May Nigh voted against the measure.


City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said city staff will proceed with the design of the project and seek bids for the demolition of the building, which is on the first block of South Potomac Street.

Another council vote would be needed to proceed with the demolition, or any construction of the project, Zimmerman said.

Demolishing the former lounge building, and turning it into a walkway, installing lights, and putting a 25-space parking lot behind it and the building beside it would cost about $165,000, according to city documents.

Nigh has said she opposes the plan to demolish the building because she knows of someone who wants to buy the building, but she would not say who.

Zimmerman said the council would be informed if the city receives any offers for the building.

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