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Hagerstown City Council briefs

May 14, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

City discusses contract to let hockey group run rink

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday discussed entering into a contract that would let the Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association operate the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex until 2013.

If the council approves the contract during a voting session next week, the contract would take effect June 16 and last until June 30, 2013, said Lewie Thomas, the city's recreation facilities coordinator.

According to the contract, the hockey association would be responsible, among other things, for paying $2,837.82 per month to satisfy a loan on the publicly owned facility and managing the day-to-day operations. If the hockey association fails to honor the contract, the city has the right to terminate the agreement within 30 days after giving notice, according to the contract.

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Thomas said the hockey association has experienced better success than the previous operator because it only opens the facility when the ice is scheduled to be used and relies mainly on volunteers.

Arts council director seeks permission to serve beverages during concert series

The executive director of the Washington County Arts Council on Tuesday asked the Hagerstown City Council for permission to serve beer, wine and soft drinks during a new concert series from May to July at University Plaza in downtown Hagerstown.

Kevin Moriarty said the concerts will begin May 29 and be held each Thursday until July 3. The concerts would last from 5 to 6:30 p.m., he said.

The arts council is in the process of booking the acts, which would range from blues to jazz, Moriarty said. The concerts would be free and open to the public.

The north entrance to the plaza would be closed so organizers could monitor access through the Washington Street gate, Moriarty said.

The council gave its unofficial approval and is scheduled to vote on the issue next week.

Cromer questions city vehicle policy

Hagerstown City Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer on Tuesday questioned the city's policy that allows city employees to drive city-owned vehicles home after work.

She said the city has 49 take-home vehicles, of which 35 are issued to employees who reside outside of the city.

Cromer asked city staff to determine how much the vehicles are costing the city in fuel and maintenance costs.

"(The city) pays for the gas whether (the vehicles) are going to Hancock or West Virginia," Cromer said.

One possible solution would be to let only city residents drive the vehicles home, she said.

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