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Hagerstown City Council briefs

July 23, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Hagerstown to review peddler permit ordinance

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday agreed to review a city ordinance that governs the issuance of peddler permits.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the council should consider increasing the amount of money that peddlers have to pay for door-to-door permits. The fee currently ranges from $50 to $125, city documents show.

Metzner also questioned whether the city charges too much - or a minimum of $1,000 - for a temporary peddler's permit.

Hagerstown to consider ways to become more environmentally friendly

The City of Hagerstown will consider ways to make the city a more environmentally friendly place in which to live and visit.

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During a Tuesday City Council work session, City Engineer Rodney Tissue suggested that the council give its approval to install, among other things, bicycle racks throughout the city to promote energy conservation. The city already has adopted some energy-saving practices, such as using more efficient light bulbs, he said.

Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean said the city should investigate installing solar panels in government buildings to save energy. Federal grants are available to help pay the cost, she said.

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