Hagerstown City Council briefs

February 27, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Council surrenders interest in alley

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted to surrender the city's interest in an alley that abuts Funkhouser Park and runs parallel to Fridinger Avenue.

According to city records, the alley will be given to Peach Tree Suites LLC under the condition that the existing trees in the alley are protected.

Richard Toms of Peach Tree Suites LLC told the council he wants to build colonial-style homes in the area.

Annexation of about 52 acres approved

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution to annex about 52 acres of land on the northwest boundary of the city.


According to city documents, the property is just west of Rest Haven Cemetery and will be used by Kenneth R. Jordan/KRJ, LLC, to build up to 376 single-family and multifamily town houses.

The resolution is to become effective April 11.

Funds awarded for play camps

The Hagerstown YMCA, Girls Inc. and Memorial Recreation were awarded a combined $67,312 by the Hagerstown City Council Tuesday to hold play camps this summer.

The camps will be held for eight weeks and host more than 100 children each day.

Grant sought for Civil War plaques

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and the city council on Tuesday authorized city staff to submit a grant application to the Maryland Heritage Area Authority for $4,000 to help pay the cost of creating interpretive plaques that would display Hagerstown's Civil War heritage.

City records show that the required matching grant for the project will be included in the fiscal year 2009 budget.

Groups may use vacant lot for carnival

The Funkstown Rod and Gun Club and the Downsville Ruritan Club were given permission during Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting to use the vacant lot at South Potomac Street and West Memorial Boulevard to hold a carnival from April 25 to May 3.

Setup cannot begin earlier than April 22, and cleanup must be finished by May 4, according to city records.

Council votes to fund projects

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 5-0 to fund the following projects:

  • Cosmetic restoration of Steam Locomotive 202 at City Park -- $12,000

  • Hellane Park Parking Lot improvements -- $146,941.80

  • ESRI GIS Software Annual Maintenance Renewals -- $11,405.60

  • Residential Meter Program (upgrading services to allow for radio read) -- $50,699.52

  • Inventory items for Water Fund -- $58,247.76

  • Mowing and trimming contract in various parks and playgrounds through 2010 with Ground Envy of Hagerstown -- $78,320.40

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