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Briefs from City Council meeting

September 25, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

Ordinance to regulate adult businesses mulled



The Hagerstown City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to introduce an ordinance regulating adult businesses that would require a downtown store to restrict its hours and eliminate its viewing rooms.

Under the ordinance, all new and existing adult businesses must pay an annual fee of $250 for a license to operate.

Adult businesses in operation when the ordinance takes effect would have 90 days to comply.

Only one in-city business, The Video Store at 23 E. Washington St., fits the ordinance's definition of an adult business.

The ordinance would prohibit adult businesses from being open between 1 and 6 a.m. The Video Store is open 24 hours a day.

The business has 12 viewing areas, where people pay to watch adult videos in closed rooms. The ordinance would prohibit such viewing rooms.

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The restrictions were suggested by the city's Community Revitalization Committee, which has been analyzing the downtown to see what types of businesses could be potential problems, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said.




Three contracts are approved at meeting



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved the following contracts:

  • A $20,385 contract to Milton Stamper Builders to build an access ramp at the City Park bandshell.

  • A $29,369 contract to Antietam Construction to make improvements to the BMX track at Fairgrounds Park.

  • A $30,000 contract with Antietam Construction to reconstruct two concrete alleys.





Changes considered to limit apartment units



The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to introduce an ordinance intended to better control the number of apartment units in the city.

Under the proposed changes, owners of some residential buildings would be prohibited from altering or subdividing them for the purpose of creating additional residential units.

The Hagerstown Planning Commission on Aug. 14 voted to recommend adoption of the changes.

Planning officials have said some property owners are converting houses and apartments into more apartments, thereby turning neighborhoods into eyesores.

Planning officials said the property owners create several apartments in a dwelling so they can collect more rent.




Park to be renamed in honor of Bloom



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution naming the park area at North Potomac Street and East North Avenue as Bloom Park.

The park will be named after S. Martin Bloom in recognition of his service and dedication to the city of Hagerstown.

The park, which contains a cannon, is on land donated by Bloom.




Powwow scheduled at Fairgrounds Park



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday authorized an agreement for the annual Powwow to be at held Fairgrounds Park Oct. 13 to 15.

The event was held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center last year.

In previous years, the Powwow was held at Hagerstown Community College.

The event will be at Fairgrounds Park at the same time as the city-sponsored Harvest Hoe-Down.

Hagerstown Recreation Manager Douglas H. Stull said he thinks the two events will complement each other.




Books 'N Things gets proclamation from city



The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday gave a proclamation to Books 'N Things for its 30th anniversary.

"It is businesses such as yours that truly makes Hagerstown a great place to work, live, and visit. Again congratulations on this great accomplishment; your continued support of Hagerstown is sincerely appreciated," the proclamation said.

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