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Hagerstown City Council briefs

December 18, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

Council accepts grants for work around campus



The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to accept about $1 million in state grants for improvements around the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center downtown.

Most of the money will be used to buy and tear down the old McCrory's building on West Washington Street and create a park there.

In addition, the city will hire a consultant to design an Open Space plan around the university. Parking and alley improvements will be considered in the plan.

The University System of Maryland project is planned for the former Baldwin House complex on West Washington Street.

As early as today, the state could award a contract to renovate the buildings.




Council approves rules for new subdivisions



All new housing developments must have curbs, sidewalks, streetlights and street trees under guidelines approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

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The council voted unanimously to approve revisions to its 17-year-old Public Ways Construction Standards

"These kind of set the tone for what our new subdivisions will look like," City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

Developers will be required to follow the standards when they build housing developments, he said.

The engineering standards are detailed in a 21/2-inch-thick document, he said.




City Hall phone system going down for repairs



Hagerstown City Hall's phone system will be down for repairs over the weekend and into Monday, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said Tuesday.

Emergency communications will not be affected, he said.

Callers to City Hall will get a recorded message with alternate contact numbers. Callers will be able to leave messages, he said.




Council OKs budget for Blues Fest



The Hagerstown City Council approved a $176,500 budget for the Western Maryland Blues Fest next year.

Those funds will come from the nonprofit organization that puts on the annual blues event.

Blues Fest will be held May 30 through June 1.

The two largest expenses are the artists, which cost about $50,000, and marketing, which costs $40,000.

The budget does not reflect about $45,000 in city services which will be donated to the event.




Home business rules tentatively approved



Future home businesses in the city would have to get approval from the Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals under a zoning amendment tentatively approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

Right now, the city doesn't have any requirements governing the zoning of home-based businesses.

The amendment would impose the following requirements on any new home businesses:

  • Only residents could work on site for the business.

  • The home occupation could not disrupt the residential character of the neighborhood.

  • No more than 20 percent of the home, or 300 square feet, whichever is greater, could be devoted to the business.

  • Separate entrances for the business and outside storage of equipment or supplies would be prohibited.





Council leases space to Fire Police group



The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to lease part of a duplex in Fairgrounds Park to the Hagerstown Fire Police Association.

The association will use part of 309 Valley Road as their headquarters for $1 per year.




Locust Street site to be bought for city program



The Hagerstown City Council agreed Tuesday to buy another home for its single-family home ownership program.

The council voted Tuesday to buy 120 S. Locust St. for $20,000.

The city will fix up the property and put it up for sale.




Council approves contracts, purchases



Following are some of the contracts and purchases approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council:

  • An annual service contract with Cellular One. Service for 177 cell phones will cost an estimated $24,000.

  • Three new Chevrolet Cavaliers for the engineering department, $30,354, from Criswell Chevrolet of Gaithersburg, Md.

  • A computerized traffic sign graphics system, $13,459, from Advanced Digital Cutting Systems of Amelia Island, Fla.

  • Barrier-free picnic tables for City Park, Hellane Park and Pangborn Park, $22,488, from Miracle Recreation Equipment of Martinsburg, W.Va.

  • A hundred dry tons of polyaluminum chloride for the Water Department, $152,400, from Delta Chemical of Baltimore, Md.





Council renews park pact with BMX group



The Hagerstown City Council renewed an agreement Tuesday with Hagerstown BMX Inc., which uses part of Fairgrounds Park.

The two-year agreement allows the nonprofit to continue using the northwest part of the park for bicycle motocross events and practice sessions.




Price for metered lot parking established



Metered parking in the city's new West Antietam Street parking lot will cost 50 cents an hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday.

Time limit for the lot is three hours.

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