Hagerstown briefs

August 22, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

City building transferred to become arts school

During a special session on Tuesday, the Hagerstown City Council voted 5-0 to transfer a city-owned building at 9-11 S. Potomac St. to the Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc.

The building will be the home of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

According to city documents, the property transfer will allow the project to fully qualify for Maryland Historic Tax Credits and to comply with Internal Revenue Service provisions governing the tax-exempt funding for the school's construction.

The council voted to introduce the ordinance last week.

The ordinance will become effective Sept. 20.

Council considers more office space for city's government

Hagerstown City Engineer Rodney Tissue on Tuesday presented the City Council with possible sites that could serve as additional office space for city staff.

City Hall has become too small to accommodate a growing city government, he said.

One of the conceivable solutions he presented to the council included using a portion of the city-owned Roslyn building next to City Hall.


Residents can file complaint on pet cleanup

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday directed City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman to create a form that would let residents file a complaint when a pet owner fails to clean up after his or her animal.

The complaint then would be filed with public officials for processing.

As it stands, the Humane Society of Washington County is responsible for enforcing a county ordinance that requires pet owners to clean up after their animals.

The fine for violating the ordinance is $25 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense and $250 for the third offense.

The council also directed the city staff to draft a leash law that would require people to keep their pets leashed on public walkways.

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