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City Council briefs

March 26, 2003

Council conditionally approves Suns lease


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave conditional approval for a one-year extension of the Hagerstown Suns lease with options for three one-year renewals.

The current lease expires at the end of this year.

The lease extension is contingent on the proposed sale of the Suns to Mandalay Sports Entertainment.

The Suns are a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.




Council to pay $6,500 for impact fee study


The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to pay a consultant $6,500 to study whether impact fees would help the city.

City Finance Director Al Martin and City Engineer Rodney Tissue recommended the city hire Tischler and Associates to do the study because that firm has experience with impact fees.

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The study will look at the city's needs and help city officials decide whether to pursue impact fees.

City officials have discussed the possibility of impact fees on new residences to pay for fire-fighting expenses.

Impact fee revenue must be spent on capital improvements that benefit the payers. The money couldn't be used for improvements needed in areas that already are developed, according to the proposal.




Inspector honored for innovative idea


Henry R. Renner Jr., a Hagerstown Engineering Department inspector, was recognized during Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting for being the first winner of the city's new Employee Suggestion Award Program.

The quarterly award was designed to reward city employees for contributing innovative suggestions that will improve efficiency, effectiveness or possibly save the city money, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said.

Renner suggested the city develop a procedure that encourages all managers and supervisors to weigh the benefits of doing utility and road work at night before assigning it to be done during regular working hours.

Work done at night affects less traffic, causes less congestion and is safer for the employees, Renner said.

The city gave Renner a framed certificate and a $300 check.




Resolution honors Flaherty at retirement


Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner on Tuesday presented a resolution of appreciation to William "Skip" Flaherty Jr., the city's director of information technology, who is retiring.

Flaherty was hired by the city in 1967.

"Skip led the city from the early days of the computer revolution to today's data-processing environment, where the city has close to 200 personal computers, all connected and communicating together and sharing information and resources among our various city operations, other government agencies and the World Wide Web," the proclamation said in part.




Youth of the Year is recipient of recognition


Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner on Tuesday presented a resolution of appreciation to Arthur Claybon, a senior at North Hagerstown High School who was named Maryland's Youth of the Year by the Maryland Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs.

Claybon, captain of the school basketball team, has been a member of the Hagerstown Boys and Girls Club since he was 6 years old.

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