City council briefs

January 29, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Future home businesses would need approval

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

The city currently has no requirements governing the zoning of home-based businesses.

It 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.

Neighborhood Watch liaison recognized

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave a proclamation to resident Joe Imes to thank him for serving as West End Neighborhood Watch liaison.

Imes, 51, a tree-trimmer by trade, lived on Church Street with his wife and two sons. He started the West End Neighborhood Watch in 1994, and as an unpaid volunteer has helped stem some of the neighborhood's worst problems, officials said.


He also helped start a local crime watch Web site,

Imes has moved to the Smithsburg area.

Retired greenskeeper given a proclamation

The Hagerstown City Council gave a proclamation Tuesday to Al Seacrist, 63, who has retired as greenskeeper of Hagerstown's Municipal Golf Course, a job he held since 1961.

His final day was last month.

Seacrist said he retired to travel and spend more time with his family.

Mayor presented with 'Elvis Lives' proceeds

During Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting, representatives of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce presented the Hagerstown mayor with an oversized $1,000 check representing some of the proceeds from the "Elvis Lives in Hagerstown" Street Festival.

The event was held for the first time in September in downtown Hagerstown.

The next festival will be held on Sept. 6, 2003.

As it did last year, the festival will feature Elvis Presley Tribute Artists.

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