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City Council Briefs

March 21, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

Parson-McBean opposes nomination



Hagerstown City Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean said during a work session Tuesday that she "adamantly" opposed the nomination of Tony Campello to an ad hoc committee that will review the city's charter.

Campello, a Hagerstown resident, filed an ethics complaint last year against Parson-McBean and City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman for allegedly spending $367 of the city's money on a private program without obtaining the City Council's approval.

A county ethics commission later exonerated Parson-McBean and Zimmerman.

Parson-McBean said Campello's appointment would create friction.




City discusses tabling animal ordinance



The City Council discussed tabling an ordinance next week that would ban vicious and dangerous animals from the city.

There are about 15 such animals that are living in Washington County, according to Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith. Those animals received that designation from the county. Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the council should delay voting on the issue until the city becomes more involved in the process.

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People also should be made aware that they can appeal if their animal is deemed vicious and dangerous. Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer agreed.

"We're depending blindly on the county ... a lot of people don't know they can appeal the county's decision," she said.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said one attack against a human or animal justifies removing a vicious and dangerous animal from the city.

An animal is considered vicious and dangerous if it attacks a human or another animal without provocation.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the council must have three votes to table the ordinance or it will be adopted Tuesday.

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