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Hagerstown briefs

May 25, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Land to be conveyed to Boys & Girls Club



Three acres in Noland Village formally will be conveyed from the city to the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County in July, the Hagerstown City Council decided Tuesday.

The Rosen family deeded the land to the city in 1971.

Last year, the Boys & Girls Club asked for the land so it could build a recreation center. The building would be about 20,000 square feet.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to convey the land, effective July 20.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said she at first was skeptical about the club's request, but supported it when she found out the Rosen family didn't mind.




Parking deck, lot fees will increase



Fees at Hagerstown's parking decks and lots will go up this summer, after a vote Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

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The council voted 4-1 to raise the rates by $2 per month in its public parking lots and $2.50 per month at both the existing parking deck and the one under construction.

Starting July 1, the rates for the five parking lots will range from $38 a month to $45 a month.

A general permit for either of the parking decks will cost $52.50 a month.

Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean cast the only vote against the increase.

Parking meter rates would not change under the resolution passed Tuesday.

However, Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire said he has proposed raising the meter rates, in part, because of revenue the city will lose when Washington County Hospital moves to Robinwood Drive.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the city should give the public a chance to comment on meter rates before raising them.




People, organizations recognized by council



Eight people and organizations were recognized Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council for their work to improve properties:

  • The City of Hagerstown, the Greater Hagerstown Committee and others for University Plaza Park.

  • The Maryland Theatre for the reconstruction of its entry plaza.

  • Prospect Street Development LLC for the conversion of 43 S. Prospect St. into condominiums.

  • The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs for the reconstruction of a speaker's stand at Washington Confederate Cemetery.

  • John Lestitian for the rehabilitation of a house on North Locust Street.

  • TBS Properties for the rehabilitation of a house at 178 S. Prospect St.

  • Westview Center LLC for the rehabilitation of the old Goodwill warehouse.

  • Mario Ierardi and HAG2MF LLC for the rehabilitation of property at 48 Fairground Ave.


The city's Preservation District Design Commission chose the winners.




Bester fourth-graders serve as acting mayors



Two Bester Elementary School fourth-graders took turns as Hagerstown's acting mayor Tuesday, their reward for writing winning essays.

Dylan Ardinger went first. With Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II standing behind him and whispering directions, Dylan led the City Council through two items on the agenda.

After a citizen comment period, Kira Poole took over for the next few agenda items.

Last month, Bruchey briefly gave up his seat to Daniel Baechtel, Aaliyah Burnett and Rachael Isbister.

All five Bester students wrote essays in the "If I Were Mayor, I Would ..." essay contest sponsored by the Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Mayors' Association.




City OKs hike for utility service licenses



Starting July 1, the fee that utilities pay for service licenses in the city will increase from $4,000 to $4,500, the Hagerstown City Council decided Tuesday.

The license is required for every gas, water, telephone, telecommunications and electricity company that is in the city and doing business there.

The council unanimously approved the increase.

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