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Hagerstown City Council briefs

May 22, 2008

Resident criticizes sidewalk repair policy



Hagerstown resident Gary O'Bryan blasted the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday, saying a city policy that requires homeowners to repair sidewalks is unfair.

O'Bryan, who was told by the city that he had to repair the sidewalk in front of his Alexander Street home, said it should be the city's responsibility to repair public property.

"I believe this is totally wrong and a bad policy for the City of Hagerstown," O'Bryan said. "No resident should have to go through this ... I don't have $3,000 to pay for it."

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said he sympathized with O'Bryan, but the city would have to raise taxes in order to pay for a sidewalk-repair program.

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The city would examine O'Bryan's case, Bruchey said.

Visitors bureau gives $5,000 check to city



Thomas B. Riford, president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, presented the City of Hagerstown with a $5,000 check to help pay for the costs associated with the restoration of Steam Engine 202 at City Park and staging the Western Maryland Blues Fest.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II accepted the check during Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting.

- Dan Dearth

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