City Council briefs

April 16, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Vote set on Blues Fest rain insurance

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave general support for obtaining rain insurance for Saturday, May 31, during the 2003 Western Maryland Blues Fest.

The insurance policy costs $4,300, and will pay out $40,000 if it rains at least 1/2 inch between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on May 31, according to city documents.

The council is scheduled to vote on the insurance contract at its April 22 meeting.

Council backs park surveillance system

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday indicated general support for putting a seven-camera surveillance system at Fairgrounds Park at a cost of $22,885.

Neighborhoods First is paying for the project, according to city documents.

Alsatia Mummers' Parade scheduled

The Hagerstown City Council gave general support Tuesday to holding the 79th annual Alsatia Mummers' Parade on Saturday, Nov. 1, with a starting time of 7 p.m.


The parade route will be the same as for past parades, starting at Oak Hill and Potomac avenues and ending at South Potomac and Howard streets.

Sister city proposal draws attention

During Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council work session, most of the council members repeated their opinions on a controversial proposal for a French city to become a sister city with the City of Hagerstown.

Council members raised the issue as part of council comments, when they can bring up whatever issues they want to discuss.

Councilwoman Penny May Nigh was the first to mention the proposal by the city of Saumur, France that it and Hagerstown become sister cities. She said she thought it poor timing since French President Jacques Chirac has criticized the U.S. for going to war against Iraq.

While Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he agreed with her this was an inappropriate time to consider the request, Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire said he did not think the city should dismiss an idea just because of the timing.

While some veterans have criticized the proposal, Mayor William M. Breichner repeated his support for the idea of having Saumur as a second sister city provided there is some community support for the idea.

"It is a great opportunity and one we need to take advantage of," Breichner said. The citizens of Saumur should not be blamed for the actions of Chirac, he said.

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