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Hagerstown briefs

December 16, 2004

City Council, county delegation to meet


The Hagerstown City Council will meet today with the Washington County Delegation to the General Assembly to discuss its priorities for the coming legislative session.

According to a list of priorities discussed at Tuesday's council meeting, the city wants legislation to support several efforts that include:

- Raising money for schools through a fee on new home construction.

- A change in the hotel-motel tax that would return some money to the city.

- Support for a bill that would allow the city to raise fees to pay for fire and police.

City officials also will ask for a bill that will allow the city to regulate local for-hire drivers.

Softball group lease gets early approval


The Hagerstown City Council gave initial approval to a new one-year lease agreement with the Hagerstown Fairground Softball Association. The agreement would not go into effect until January 2006.

Mike Kelbaugh, vice president of the softball group, said he was asking for consideration of the agreement a year in advance because if the city did not want to go forward with the agreement, he would need time to find another place to hold their weekly games.

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City Director of Administrative Services John Budesky said the new agreement would allow more groups to use Fairgrounds Park for softball, and would give more scheduling control to the city.

Preliminary approval given for annexation

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval for the annexation of two sites into city limits.

One site is 28.8 acres east of Eastern Boulevard near Professional Court and Antietam Creek. The contract purchaser, David Lyles, has said the property would be developed with offices or other businesses similar to those in the area, according to city information.

The second site is more than 13 acres along West Washington Street near Wabash Avenue. The contract purchaser of the land, Todd Snook, said he was considering building homes there.

- Gregory T. Simmons

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