Hagerstown briefs

November 03, 2004

Nigh insists she's not throwing in the towel

Hagerstown City Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh held up a neatly folded white towel from her seat inside council chambers Tuesday night.

"I'm not throwing it in ... I'm still here. I continue to be here," Nigh said.

Nigh said her visual aid was a response to criticism of her actions at a meeting last week, during which she allegedly pushed aside one of the leaders of a group aligned with Washington County Hospital's proposed move to a site near Robinwood Medical Center.

Nigh said that during last week's meeting she was speaking on behalf of her constituents, and "I do get very outraged. ... No one wants to see my wrath."

Business zoning amendment revisited

The Hagerstown City Council gave preliminary approval, for the second time, to a zoning amendment that would allow some businesses in certain residential areas.


The change would allow for so-called mixed-use buildings in some higher-density residential areas. A mixed-use building, under the proposed change, would be a building with a minimum of three floors, containing small, nonindustrial businesses on the first floor and residences on the upper floors.

The changes were up for approval at last week's voting session, but tabled after Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire voiced concerns. The councilman previously advocated for limiting mixed-use buildings to residential areas instead of also allowing them in commercial areas.

Aleshire asked for other minor changes, some of which were addressed in a version presented Tuesday and some of which were not. He said he wouldn't further oppose the amendments.

Parking permit proposal panned

A proposal to issue parking permits in the City of Hagerstown for on-street parking spaces was shot down by council members who said they believed it would adversely affect downtown businesses.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue and other staff members offered the parking permit proposal because they said they had been contacted by residents and business owners seeking more convenient parking rules.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner suggested that instead, some of the shorter-term downtown meters should be changed to allow people to park for longer periods of time.

Holiday tree might have to be relocated

The tree that is usually placed in the middle of the City Park lake for the holiday season might not be in its usual place this year because of construction work on the walls surrounding the lake, officials said Tuesday.

City spokeswoman Karen Giffin said the annual holiday ceremony in the park will take place on Dec. 3, despite the construction.

- Gregory T. Simmons

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