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Hagerstown briefs

May 24, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

Ordinance on vicious animals introduced



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday introduced an ordinance that would ban vicious and dangerous animals from living in the city.

If passed during the council's June 26 meeting, the ordinance would become effective July 27.

To be deemed vicious and dangerous, an animal must attack a human or "properly confined, restrained or controlled domestic pet."

Violating the ordinance would carry a sentence of up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.




City to provide service for arts festival at park



During its meeting Tuesday, the Hagerstown City Council voted to provide free city services so a local nonprofit organization can hold an arts festival at City Park.

The estimated amount of the services, which include cleanup expenses, is $1,015.

Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer cast the only vote against the request from Ron Lytle, founder of the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc., to hold the festival.

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She said her opposition was that the money would be pulled from funds that are reserved for emergencies. In addition, granting Lytle's request might create a precedent for other nonprofits to follow, she said.

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