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Hagerstown City Council briefs

December 19, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

Council approves office refurbishing project



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted to approve a project that will cost about $49,858.94 to paint, replace carpet and move furniture in the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation offices at the Elizabeth Hager Center on North Potomac Street.

The money to pay for the project will come from the city's Property Management Fund, according to city records. Public Works Director Eric Deike wrote in a memorandum earlier this month that only nine of the 34 contractors who were contacted by the city submitted bids.




Requirements approved for parking spaces



Developers will have to provide at least one parking space for residential units that are built in the downtown commercial district.

On Tuesday, the Hagerstown City Council voted to pass the ordinance, which will require developers to provide one-half of an off-street parking space per unit and one-half of an off-street parking space for each bedroom in the unit. If a residential unit has two bedrooms, for example, the developer would have to provide 1 1/2 spaces.

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Calculations resulting in fractions would be rounded up to the nearest whole number, according to the ordinance.

All off-street parking spaces must be to the rear of the building or screened with landscaping, according to the ordinance.




Students help run city council meeting



Four Washington County Public Schools fifth-graders who won the "If I Were Mayor" contest took turns leading the Hagerstown City Council meeting Tuesday.

Elta Clarke of Paramount Elementary School, Tiffany Ross of Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts & Technology, Jameek Booth of Salem Avenue Elementary School, and Corinne Hornbaker of Bester Elementary School were the winners of the contest.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said as part of the contest, the children had to write essays that explained what they would do if they were mayor.




City Council approves buying new firetruck



The Hagerstown City Council approved the purchase of a new firetruck for $381,011.

The truck will serve the Western Enterprise Fire Co., Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said last week.

Community Development Block Grants will provide about $231,011 of the funding. The Western Enterprise Fire Co. will pay the remaining $150,000 of the cost, according to city records.

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