Hagerstown briefs

September 29, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Police get approval to buy armored vests

Hagerstown City Police have received approval to buy 15 armored vests after a City Council vote on Tuesday.

City Police Capt. John Moulton said last week the $12,075 purchase is scheduled annually. Each vest will cost $805, according to the contract.

Vote allows for new sewer connections

The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to allow a limited amount of new sewer service connections from beyond city limits.

The City of Hagerstown has allowed some properties to connect to its sewage system, but that number is determined under a disputed calculation.

Under that calculation, the council in May nearly denied any new sewer connections outside city limits, which could have halted new development. Instead, officials allowed another 25,000 gallons of new capacity at the request of Washington County officials.


Although the capacity provided in May was used up earlier this month, city officials on Tuesday issued another 25,000 gallons of capacity. That is roughly the amount of sewage produced daily by 250 homes.

City council to adopt 'big-box' regulations

The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to adopt more regulations of so-called "big-box" stores.

The rules adopted on Tuesday target stores such as Wal-Mart, The Home Depot and Lowe's, although the rules would only apply to stores that have not yet been built.

The rules adopted this week aim to encourage big-box developers to take up less space by building two-story buildings instead of one-story buildings. City officials say the rules also encourage a design that is more pedestrian-friendly and better-looking.

Ordinance addresses 'mixed use' buildings

The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to introduce an ordinance that would allow some buildings to hold both businesses and homes in some parts of the city.

The ordinance - scheduled for adoption next month - would allow so-called "mixed use" buildings, which it defines as buildings with a minimum of three levels. The first level can contain businesses and the remaining levels must contain residences such as apartments.

The ordinance would allow the new style of building only in certain residential areas. An earlier version would have allowed mixed-use buildings in some commercial areas, but Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire opposed that.

City officials have said the ordinance likely will be used in eastern portions of the city near Dual Highway.

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