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City Council briefs

November 19, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Proposed traffic signal is rejected


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday decided informally to reject a proposal to install a traffic signal at the Mitchell Avenue underpass.

Adolph Baer, who owns undeveloped property adjacent to Mitchell Avenue, has asked the city to install a signal at that location.

"Essentially, Mr. Baer is requesting a signal at the underpass to eliminate excessive horn blowing (that is the current method of 'clearing' the road). Approximately 3,000 vehicles a day (both directions) utilize this underpass," City Engineer Rodney Tissue said in a written report.

The city is not convinced the signal is needed or warranted, Tissue said. The Board of Traffic and Parking recommended that the idea be rejected, he said.

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Street name change proposal is rejected


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday decided informally to reject a proposal by the Clique Club Inc. to rename West North Avenue - from Potomac Street to Prospect Street - to Charles E. Hodges Avenue.

Hodges is a former principal of the North Street School, the school for blacks when county schools were segregated.

The city asked about 40 affected residents for feedback on the proposal. Nobody responded with support for the idea, but a few expressed opposition, and a petition with 14 signatures from those opposed to the change was submitted, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

The Board of Traffic and Parking recommended that the idea be rejected. Members suggested finding another way to honor Hodges, Tissue said.

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