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City approves water agreement

October 04, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

The city waived its preannexation agreement policy on Tuesday and agreed to provide water to land at Hunters Green Business Park.

The request was granted 3-2 after Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II cast the tiebreaking vote in favor.

Hagerstown Venture LLC, which has an interest in 91.3 acres at Hunters Green Business Park west of the city, asked the city to waive its annexation requirement so it could get water service from the city.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation (CHIEF), which owns 51.4 acres, has joined Hagerstown Venture in the request.

None of the land is in or is contiguous to the city.

The resolution does not say who would use the land or what it would be used for.

Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation records list the resident agent of Hagerstown Venture LLC as William F. Chew III of Freeland, Md.

In return for the waiver, according to the resolution, Hagerstown Venture LLC will make payments in lieu of taxes to the city.

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Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh accused the city of giving away services, but Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire said the agreement is part of a "bigger picture" that benefits the city.

Aleshire and Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean voted yes. Nigh and Councilwomen Kelly S. Cromer voted no.

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