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July 17, 2002

Planning director will retire at the end of July

City Planning Director Ric Kautz is retiring at the end of July, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said during Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting.

Kautz told Zimmerman Monday that he is retiring and moving to Delaware, Zimmerman said.

Kautz has been planning director for the 24 years he has been with the city, Mayor William Breichner said.

"He has made a positive contribution to the city," Zimmerman said. "He has been very professional. ... He has had a very lasting, positive impact on the community."

The city has not decided who will serve as interim director when Kautz's retirement takes effect, Zimmerman said.

"He has been a mentor for me. I have very much enjoyed working with him," said Economic Development Coordinator Debbie Everhart, who has worked in the planning department for about 20 years.

City Council postpones vote on W House loan

The Hagerstown City Council decided Tuesday to postpone a vote on a requested $350,000 loan from the City of Hagerstown to the W House of Hagerstown Foundation Inc.


The council was scheduled to vote on the loan at its July 23 meeting but council members said they wanted to hear citizens' concerns before voting.

If approved, the loan would help pay for the move of the substance abuse program for women into a larger building on Locust Street. But W House Executive Director Christina Trenton has told the Hagerstown City Council the program is moving to Locust Street regardless of whether it gets the loan.

The issue will be put on the agenda for discussion at the Aug. 6 meeting, Mayor William Breichner said.

Council is invited to emergency event

Verna Brown, Washington County emergency management coordinator, on Tuesday invited the Hagerstown City Council to attend Citizens Emergency Preparedness Day on Aug. 17.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Robinwood Medical Center.

Agencies and organizations are holding preparedness workshops all day.

The groups will have table displays so residents can apply for membership.

For more information, call 240-313-2930.

Two free concerts are slated for City Park

Two free concerts are scheduled for City Park's bandshell in the next few weeks, Public Information Manager Karen Giffin said Tuesday.

The Legendary Orioles, a rhythm-and-blues group and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will perform at 7 p.m. July 27, she said. The event is being sponsored by the Washington County Arts Council.

The Air National Guard of the Mid-Atlantic will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 2, she said. The repertoire will include big band swing, marches and show tunes, she said.

- Scott Butki

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