Hagerstown City Council briefs

May 07, 2003

Soccer groups given support to use fields

The Hagerstown City Council gave general support Tuesday to allowing two organizations to use two new soccer fields at Fairgrounds Park in front of the city-owned Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex.

The Hagerstown YMCA and Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer League have asked the city for permission to use the new fields.

They have been using the fields for the last two weeks, after receiving permission from the Ice Rink's governing board, the Washington County Sports Federation Inc., John Budesky, Hagerstown director of administrative services, said.

While the council also gave general support to allowing a third party to operate a concession stand for the fields, those attending and watching the games so far have chosen to use instead the concession stand inside the ice rink, Budesky said.

The council is scheduled to vote on the request at its May 26 meeting.

Development, land use report given

Hagerstown Economic Development Director Deborah Everhart made a presentation to the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday on land use and development in the city.


Her remarks were intended to begin a series of discussions and presentations to further the mayor and city council's knowledge of the city so members can refine and establish their vision for the future growth and development of Hagerstown, Everhart said in a staff report.

As part of her presentation, Everhart went over undeveloped land within the city and listed the zoning status of the properties.

Nigh: Board members should live in the city

Hagerstown Councilwoman Penny May Nigh on Tuesday criticized the city for allowing noncity residents to serve on city boards and commissions.

Nigh said last week she was complaining about the Washington County Commissioners' April 22 decision to allow noncounty residents to serve on the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission board if employed or affiliated with businesses that have a substantial presence in Washington County.

But then she was embarrassed to learn the city allows noncity residents on some of its boards.

"I was really taken aback by that," she said. "That left me with a really bad taste."

She said she does not think people who don't live in the city should serve on city boards.

After the meeting, Mayor William M. Breichner said that some boards require city residency but others do not.

The noncity residents serving on boards are required to work at businesses in the city, he said.

Signs to mark trails leading to Gettysburg

The Hagerstown City Council gave permission Tuesday to the Maryland Office of Tourism Development to place three or four signs in the vicinity of Public Square for the Maryland Civil War Trails program for the Gettysburg Trails.

The 2-foot-by-3-foot signs for trails leading to Gettysburg will tell the story of the Gettysburg war campaign and how Hagerstown was affected and related.

City spokeswoman Karen Giffin said the signs will be put on the Elizabeth Hager Center at 14 N. Potomac St.

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