City Council briefs

June 10, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Council members discuss future growth

Members of the Hagerstown City Council and staff on Tuesday discussed future growth in the city.

Planning Director Kathleen Maher told the council about the major initiatives in the city's 1997 comprehensive plan.

The comprehensive plan was intended to be the city's guide for land development and for management of public infrastructure for 10 to 20 years, she said.

The three primary issues sparking the recommendations in that plan are economic growth and development, revitalization of the city and limitations on suburban sprawl and improving neighborhoods, she said.

Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire emphasized the importance of having an increased share of residential property be owned instead of rented.

Purchase of Suns has been approved

During Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting, Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner said a company's purchase of the Hagerstown Suns has been approved by baseball governing bodies.


Mandalay Sports Entertainment's purchase agreement with Big Game Maryland LLC, for the minor league team that plays at the city-owned Municipal Stadium was announced in December 2002.

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

The lease extension was contingent on the sale being approved.

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

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