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Hagerstown City Council briefs

July 18, 2007

Council discusses goals, lobbying needs



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday discussed creating a list of the city's goals to determine whether to hire another lobbyist.

Some council members said the lobbyist could help the city secure state and federal funding to pay for projects in town.

The Herald-Mail reported in December that the council voted 4-1 to contribute $3,000 toward the hiring of lobbyist Michael V. Johansen, who was asked to focus on four things in the Maryland General Assembly - funding for the agricultural commercialization program, protection of state funding for a central booking facility, reform of the prisoner release program and funding for library expansion.

Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean said she would like to explore funding possibilities to open a Black History Museum.

Council tentatively OKs employee picnic



The city's director of human resources on Tuesday received the Hagerstown City Council's unofficial approval to tentatively schedule a picnic for Sept. 8 for the city's current and retired employees.

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Donna Messina wrote in a recent memorandum that the annual picnic has been held for at least the past 20 years to show appreciation for the employees.

Because employees pay for the event, there is not cost to the taxpayers, Messina wrote.

Metzner brings up holiday party issue



Councilman Lewis C. Metzner suggested that Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and the city council should consider whether to hold a holiday party later this year.

The council did not make a decision.

Last December, the mayor and council spent $800 of taxpayer money to hold a party at a downtown restaurant.

City considers how to waive noise ordinance



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday agreed to discuss putting a mechanism in place that would allow its members to waive the city's noise ordinance for certain events.

The issue arose when Mike Deming, a Hagerstown developer, asked the council for permission to waive the noise ordinance for two live-music events that he wants to hold July 28 and Sept. 8.

City Attorney Mark Boyer said he didn't think the council could grant the requests because the city doesn't have a mechanism in place to do so.

- Dan Dearth

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