Hagerstown briefs

June 15, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Parson-McBean talks about ethics complaint

Hagerstown City Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean said she did not want to call the charges that she and city Administrator Bruce Zimmerman violated ethics rules "slanderous," but she told her colleagues Tuesday night that she feels relieved that the "ordeal" is over.

In comments at the end of the council's special session, Parson-McBean said people should avoid making allegations against others when they do not have a full understanding of the situation.

"Bruce nor I (should) have had to go through what we went through in order to be vindicated," Parson-McBean said.

Washington County Ethics Commission Chairman Dana Moylan said last week that neither Zimmerman nor Parson-McBean violated the city's code of ethics by aiding the Building Community group they founded.

Former mayoral candidate Tony Campello, who filed ethics complaints against the two, said Friday he was satisfied by the findings.

Housing exemption might be part of APFO

An exemption for housing that will not add more children to school attendance zones likely will be added to the City of Hagerstown's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.


City Council members agreed by consensus at their meeting Tuesday to accept Planning Director Kathleen A. Maher's recommendation for new wording to exempt housing that would not add students to the school system.

Following the advice of Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire, the council also agreed by consensus to use the word "units," instead of "lots" or "plats," when judging whether the new housing created by condominiums complies with the APFO.

The ordinance states plans for new developments may move forward only if the infrastructures exist to serve the population projected to move in. School space is one of the major measures used to determine whether the development is in compliance.

Developer seeks more time for plans

The developer of Hager's Crossing has asked the City of Hagerstown for extra time to proceed with plans that would result in the construction of 105 new houses.

The City Council agreed by consensus at its meeting Tuesday to hold off its decision on a request by developer Ray Rachuba until it determines the units' new build-out schedule.

According to Planning Director Kathleen A. Maher, "excessive rock" significantly has slowed progress at the Hager's Crossing development, and Rachuba is asking for one-year extensions of sewer allocation awards originally set for Feb. 28, 2007, and July 9, 2007.

City Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire said he wanted to see how the time extensions would affect the project's overall schedule.

"I just want to make sure that what we're doing is not dumping 105 units on the market in one single year," Aleshire said.

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