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Hagerstown briefs

April 25, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

Councilwoman attends national conference



Hagerstown City Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean recently attended the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C.

The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance.

The conference's speakers included U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters and U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

About 2,900 elected officials from across the country attended the event.




Council delays vote on animal ordinance



An ordinance that would ban vicious and dangerous animals from the City of Hagerstown was taken off Tuesday night's meeting agenda.

Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer said she wants to ensure that the ordinance protects the rights of animal owners before she votes.

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In addition, Cromer said the issue should be discussed further with county leaders to get their take.




Council to consider annexing land



The Hagerstown City Council introduced a resolution during a Tuesday meeting that would annex 95.2 acres of land on the city's south side.

The land, owned by Norfolk Southern railroad, is near the intersection of Maryland Avenue and West Oak Ridge Drive.

Norfolk Southern wants to use the land as a parking lot to store new motor vehicles, City Comprehensive Planner Stuart W. Bass said earlier this month. The railroad would offload the vehicles by rail to be shipped later by truck.

The council is scheduled to vote on the resolution June 5.

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