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Live chat with Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey - transcript

March 28, 2006

Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey will be our Live Chat guest today starting at 1:00 pm and ending at 2:00 pm. Questions or comments can be submitted by clicking here before and during the chat.




Name: jazzyman

Location: Hagerstown w/end

Guest: Bruchey

Question: Why is it that people are not aloud to sit in the square or around the square because the cops chase people & people in wheelchairs out of the sqaure for sitting and talking to each other if that all places or businesses was handicap acessable down town maybe people could go in them places to eat and drink or something and talk to each other but since they chase people in wheelchairs out of the square that's telling me they don't want people in the square to be seen I was one of them & my wife I'm in a wheelchair & walk with a walker it's a shame people who lives in town or around town cannot go in town and sit & talk to each other to enjoy the downtown areas but they let people come in town and set stuff up on the sidewalks for the people to sale stuff so if people in wheelchairs or people whos not cannot sit in the square or around the area the city don't want people in the downtown area?

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Mayor Bruchey:

I understand that you feel that maybe the city of Hagerstown doesn't want their citizens hanging out in the square but that's not the case. We do attempt to maintain a form of order in our downtown core. I have never had a problem with people sitting on the square enjoying the day and conversing. I don't believe that that was the intention of the people you speak of who didn't want you there. I also know that most of our restaurants and establishments in downtown are handicap accessible. If you have any suggestions that could help us make you feel more welcome, please feel free to contact my office and we will arrange a time to meet. 301-739-8577 ext. 110. Thank you for your question.




Name: Frank Collins

Location: Beaver Creek

Guest: Bruchey

Question: Downtown Hagerstown needs a pedestrian mall of sufficient size to attract shop owners and foot traffic in which area could be established outdoor plazas, fountains, eateries, venues for music and the performing arts. There is currently no destination or draw. The mall could tie together the university, and the MD theatre. Traffic would be diverted around this area. frederick has its river walk, Baltimore has its Harbor. Hagerstown needs a vital focus such as this to serve as a development springboard.

Mayor Bruchey: Sounds like a lovely idea. As you well know, the University of Maryland was my baby and anything that can enhance that is more than welcome. We have to remember that Washington Street and Franklin Street are state highways and controlled by the State Highway Administration. Any re-routing of traffic or closure of streets would have to go through the State Highway Administration. Again, I believe it's a lovely idea. Something worth exploring with different options. Thank you for your question.




Name: Mrs. Francis

Location: Hagerstown

Guest: Bruchey

Question: Mr. Mayor

What will you be doing to help Holly Place? Their financial difficulties have not been resolved.

Mayor Bruchey: I believe that Holly Place is a fantastic institution there to help the unfortunate who need assistance in daily living. During my administration from 1997-2001, we were the first council to assist Holly Place financially. I was saddened to hear about their financial situation last year and was very happy to see that our state delegation stepped up to the plate and assisted. If there is anything that the city of Hagerstown can do we would be more than willing to discuss options to help Holly Place remain an assisted living facility within the city of Hagerstown. Thank you.




Name: anonymous

Location: anonymous

Guest: Bruchey

Question: Hello, I have has a problem with one of your hagerstown city police officers. I would like to address this issue but I want to go above the police station, i have heard horror stories about what could become of going that rout. My question to you is, who else can I go to and How far up the ladder can I go. Thank You.

Mayor Bruchey: I would be more than willing to sit and discuss your situation in private. Please feel free to call my office at 301-739-8577 ext. 110.




Name: Suns

Location: Hagerstown

Guest: Moderator

Question: I had always thought of you as a supporter of the Suns and a new stadium but some of your recent comments have me questioning that. What is your position on the stadium and do you care if we lose the Suns because of the City's inaction?

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