HAGERSTOWN ? The Hagerstown City Council is to vote at its regular meeting Nov. 27 on whether to allow sidewalk cafes downtown.
City Engineer Rodney Tissue on Tuesday briefed the council about the proposal, which city staff members came up with, in part, by incorporating methods that are used by other cities.
To be considered, he said, business owners would have to apply for two licenses - one from the city for permission to use the sidewalk, the other from the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County to be allowed to serve alcohol.
Tissue said the licenses would be issued on a yearly basis.
The cafe enclosures would have to be situated in such a way as to maintain at least 4 feet of unobstructed sidewalk space for pedestrians, he said. To accommodate people with disabilities, the space between tables would have to be a minimum of 3 feet.