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Hancock briefs

June 14, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

Scholarship recipients recognized by council



HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council recognized two recipients of its Pepsi/Town of Hancock Scholarship at its Wednesday night meeting.

Dustin Hull and Tye Souders both are 2007 graduates of Hancock Middle-Senior High School.

Hull attended Wednesday night's meeting, where Mayor Daniel A. Murphy read the essays submitted by the students as part of the scholarship competition.

Souders, who also was the class valedictorian, plans to attend Hagerstown Community College in the fall, and Hull is heading off to West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., Murphy said.




New zoning ordinance draft is presented



HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council received a draft version of a new zoning ordinance Wednesday from Anne Weatherholt of the town's planning commission.

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Weatherholt briefly discussed the ordinance at the council's Wednesday night meeting.

Hancock has a lot of room for development, and the planning commission wants to "help keep it the way it is," Weatherholt said.

The zoning ordinance is not retroactive, and only would affect development and any changes in the use of a property, she said.

Public hearings will be held before any action is taken on the zoning ordinance, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.

Sinclair Hamilton, council member and liaison to the planning commission, said the zoning ordinance will help, "maintain the quality of the Hancock experience."




Park dedication slated for Saturday



HANCOCK - Hancock officials will dedicate Joseph Hancock Jr. Primitive Park this weekend, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.

The dedication will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the park, he said.




Annexation of 16 acres requested for housing



HANCOCK - Hancock received an annexation request for 16 acres from Potomac Palisades LLC, the town manager announced at Wednesday night's Hancock Town Council meeting.

The 16 acres are on East Main Street and are surrounded by the town, David Smith said.

Potomac Palisades LLC plans residential housing for the property, Smith said.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy expressed apprehension about moving forward with any annexation until the town's proposed zoning ordinance is in place.

"It's been a long time since we annexed anything," he said. "We need to be brought up to speed on the process."

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