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Hagerstown city council briefs

August 15, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Council discusses rental licensing rules



City of Hagerstown staff were asked Tuesday to draft an ordinance that would remove a sunset provision from the rental licensing program, which is set to expire in June 2008.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and city council members discussed additional details about the program. Some suggested that the program should remain, but that perhaps there should be some additional exemptions.

The rental licensing program is used to enhance the safety and quality of area housing by requiring inspections of most rental properties, officials said.




Officials ask for community resources coordinator



Officials asked the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday to approve a new shared staff position between Community Development and the Hagerstown Fire Department.

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The position likely would be filled by a current employee working within the fire department, and would be funded with a grant, officials said during a Tuesday work session.

The new position would be known as the community resources coordinator. The employee would reach out into communities to determine housing and other community needs, among other duties with Community Development. Officials said the employee also would be responsible for developing, implementing and leading two fire prevention initiatives.




Council hears about upcoming audit of finances



The Hagerstown City Council heard information Tuesday about an upcoming audit of the city's finances.

Representatives from Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. told the council that they are committed to open communication with them throughout the audit process.

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