Hagerstown City Council briefs

December 11, 2002|y SCOTT BUTKI

Hearing on dogs at park scheduled for Thursday

The Hagerstown Board of Parks and Recreation is holding a public hearing Thursday on whether residents think dogs should be allowed at Fairgrounds Park.

The city does not allow dogs at any of its parks because of the mess they leave but dogs are allowed at parks in other cities, spokeswoman Karen Giffin said.

The public hearing is at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 1 East Franklin St.

Public comments can be submitted in writing to Douglas Stull, city recreation manager, 51 W. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown, but they must be received by the day of the public hearing.

To send comments by fax or e-mail, call 301 739-8577, ext. 180.

Theater's request for road closures approved

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday approved a request from The Maryland Theatre to assist with road closures for the Feb. 11 Maryland premiere of the Civil War movie "Gods and Generals."


The city would close the first block of North Potomac and the first block of South Potomac for the showing of the movie. The city also would make nearby parking spaces available for the event.

The city service cost for the street closures would be $1,225 for police protection. The money would be paid out of a city contingency account since it is not budgeted, city staff said.

Augustoberfest group to hold April fund-raiser

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday gave approval for the Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation to hold a fund-raiser on April 12 on South Potomac Street.

The event saluting the Schmankerl Stube restaurant will feature celebrity waiters, German cuisine, entertainment and beverages.

The first block of South Potomac will be closed for the event, which would be in a tent on the street.

Organizers hope the event will raise about $20,000, city spokeswoman Karen Giffin said.

The cost of city services is estimated at $5,600 for the public works department and $700 for police service.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said if the foundation wants the city to provide the help, it should reimburse the city for those costs. The council agreed with Metzner's requirement.

Home business law gets general approval

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday gave general approval to a zoning ordinance that would create requirements for future home businesses in the city.

At its Nov. 6 meeting, the Hagerstown Planning Commission voted to recommend the council adopt a proposed text amendment to the ordinance.

Three people spoke in favor of the proposed text amendment during a Nov. 6 public hearing and no one spoke against it.

Under the proposed amendment, planned home businesses must get approval from the Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals.

The city currently does not require that step or have other requirements governing the zoning of home businesses, city officials said.

The amendment requires approval of the Hagerstown City Council and would not apply to existing home businesses.

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