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August 27, 2006

Hagerstown City Council



Barbara Ingram School for the Arts

The Hagerstown City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve an agreement dividing the responsibilities for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts between the city and the Washington County Board of Education.

According to the agreement, state money for the school will flow through the city, and the school system will operate and maintain the proposed magnet school. The city owns the South Potomac Street building that will house the program.

Kristin B. Aleshire - yes

Kelly S. Cromer - yes

Lewis C. Metzner - yes

Penny May Nigh - yes

Alesia Parson-McBean - yes

Rehabilitation of houses

In back-to-back unanimous votes Tuesday, Hagerstown City Council approved the purchase of and rehabilitation of two properties.

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The city will rehabilitate and resell houses at 33 Elizabeth St., which cost $24,000, and 119 Randolph Ave., which cost $65,000.

Aleshire - yes

Cromer - yes

Metzner - yes

Nigh - yes

Parson-McBean - yes

Zoning change

A change in the zoning of a tract of land in the Edgewood Drive neighborhood was introduced by a 4-1 Hagerstown City Council vote Tuesday.

The ordinance, if approved, would rezone 6.88 acres of land off of 115 Emmert Road from residential to commercial general, according to information provided to City Council.

Aleshire - yes

Cromer - yes

Metzner - yes

Nigh - no

Parson-McBean - yes

Rental facilities ordinance

By a 5-0 vote, the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved an introduction to change part of the city's rental facilities ordinance.

If approved, the ordinance would change the penalty for landlords failing to report tenant turnover from a misdemeanor to a municipal infraction fine of $500. The new penalty would be a "stronger enforcement mechanism," City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said after Tuesday's meeting.

Aleshire - yes

Cromer - yes

Metzner - yes

Nigh - yes

Parson-McBean - yes

Tablet computers

Over the objections of Hagerstown City Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer, City Council voted 4-1 to approve the purchase of tablet computers for field inspectors in the permits, planning, code compliance and construction inspection departments.

The 15 tablet computers, which would allow inspectors to access databases of property owners and property data while still in the field, cost a total of $51,716.

Aleshire - yes

Cromer - no

Metzner - yes

Nigh - yes

Parson-McBean - yes

Street closure

Though Hagerstown City Councilwoman Penny May Nigh said she did not understand why the event required alcohol, City Council voted 4-1 to approve shutting down a portion of downtown for a music festival this October.

Wine and beer will be allowed in designated areas at a music festival planned by Mike Deming, president of Demcore Development. The Oct. 21 music festival will require the closure of a portion of Public Square and the first block of South Potomac Street.

Aleshire - yes

Cromer - no

Metzner - yes

Nigh - no

Parson-McBean - yes

Washington County Commissioners



Flow transfer agreement

The Washington County Commissioners voted 4-0 on Tuesday to approve an agreement with the City of Hagerstown that will send sewage to a county plant.

The agreement, in an attempt to relieve capacity issues with the city, will send 120,000 gallons of sewage a day generated by the proposed hospital off Robinwood Drive to the county.

President Gregory I. Snook - yes

Vice President William J. Wivell - absent

James F. Kercheval - yes

John C. Munson - yes Doris J. Nipps - yes

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