City Council briefs

May 15, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

City Council exempts firm from annexation

The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to exempt Lenox Inc. from an annexation policy because the company began construction of its $28 million distribution center on Hunters Green Parkway before the policy was adopted and implemented.

At its May 6 meeting, the council gave consensus approval to giving the company the exemption.

The company was the first to appeal to the council a decision involving the disputed annexation policy, which went into effect in September 2002.

The policy, which is being challenged in court by the Washington County government, requires property along the city's borders to be annexed before city water and sewer service are extended.

Unless they can get a city exemption, owners of property that does not border the city would have to agree to future annexation before receiving city water and sewer service. That annexation would be required once their properties became adjacent to city land.


Fiery recognized for volunteer work

At Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council work session, Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner read aloud a resolution of appreciation for Mildred Fiery, who has done volunteer work at the Western Maryland Hospital Center for more than 46 years.

After being handed the resolution, and praised by former patient Councilman N. Linn Hendershot, Fiery, 88, said she has enjoyed her time as a volunteer.

Fiery has put in more than 30,000 hours of volunteer work at the hospital center.

Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich recently recognized Fiery in Annapolis at the 2003 Governor's Volunteer and Service Awards, where he gave her a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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