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Hagerstown briefs

November 07, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

Council briefed on arts school progress



Hagerstown Planning Director Kathleen Maher on Tuesday briefed the City Council about the progress of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

She said the school will improve the city by creating a unique educational opportunity for the community's youth and by investing $8.3 million in a vacant building downtown.

The school will bring 300 of the community's most talented youth downtown for a standard education, and specialized training and education in the performing and visual arts, she said.

"It's just a very, very positive thing," Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said.

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. Nov. 13 at The Maryland Theatre, according to city documents. If everything goes as planned, the school will open in August 2009.

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Waynesboro Construction submitted the lowest bid to complete the project.




Suns offer 2008 fireworks schedule



Will Smith, general manager of the Hagerstown Suns, asked the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday to approve a fireworks schedule for the 2008 season. All of the shows are scheduled for weekends and holidays.

The proposed dates are: April 11, May 23 and 30, June 6-7 and 27, July 11-12 and 25, Aug. 1, 8-9, 22 and 31.

The City Council gave its unofficial approval.




Engineer presents renovation estimates



The cost to renovate Hagerstown City Hall and the adjacent Roslyn building for use as office space is estimated to cost $1.25 million for construction and $75,000 for design, City Engineer Rodney Tissue told the City Council on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, he said the city-owned Roslyn building needs to be renovated to accommodate a growing number of city staff.

One of the possible funding concepts includes reallocating previously unspent bond financing that was earmarked for other projects, City Finance Director Alfred Martin said.




Parson-McBean suggests energy assistance benefit



Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean on Tuesday proposed holding a Utility Relief Benefit Concert to raise funds for the Community Action Council's Energy Assistance Program, which helps the elderly, disabled and low-income families subsidize their heating bills.

Parson-McBean suggested holding the concert Dec. 20 at The Maryland Theatre. A list of performers includes William Clarence Marshall III and the All County Chorus.

The City Council directed city staff members to plan for the event.




City's population could surge by 2027



The city's population could increase by as much as 39 percent to 53,513 people by 2027, according to the City of Hagerstown's Comprehensive Plan.

Strategies to prepare for the growth were presented to the City Council by members of the city's Planning Department Tuesday afternoon.

City Comprehensive Planner Stuart Bass told the council that vacant and under-utilized lands within the city must have adequate water and sewer services, among other things, to accommodate the growth.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II suggested discussing the matter further during a Nov. 20 work session.

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