A proposed sidewalk-widening project in the first block of South Potomac Street met resistance Tuesday evening from some members of the City Council, who said the construction would impede the travel of safety vehicles.
Before it gives approval to widen the sidewalks on South Potomac Street between Antietam and Washington streets, the council told City Engineer Rodney Tissue to research the project further with the heads of Hagerstown's ambulance, fire and police services.
"They have got to be players ... They have got to be able to talk to (the council)," Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said. "There are safety issues - and I'm telling you major issues."
The estimated $750,000 plan also includes adding curbing and lights, according to a memorandum that Tissue provided the council. About six on-street parking spaces would be lost to accommodate widening the sidewalks.