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Hagerstown City Council briefs

February 25, 2009

City to apply for grant to hang historic photos



The City of Hagerstown will apply for a $2,120 grant to help pay the cost to hang framed historic photos on the exterior north wall of the Elizabeth Hager Center on North Potomac Street.

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 4-1 to apply for the grant, which would be matched using money from the city's General Fund.

Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer cast the dissenting vote, saying after the meeting the project would be a waste of money.

"I'd rather see the city leave the wall blank," she said. "... It's going to cost the city a lot of money. No one can deny that."

City Planner Alex Rohrbaugh told the council earlier this month the photos would replace a peeling mural that was painted on the wall in the 1990s.

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Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said during the meeting the council's decision to apply for the grant didn't mean the historic photo project would go forward.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said the mural would be removed in the spring. The cost would be about $4,300, he said.

Resident says city should promote Civil War history



Hagerstown resident Mary Haines told the Hagerstown City Council Tuesday officials should use the city's Civil War history to attract tourists from Gettysburg.

The plan, she said, would bring disposable income to the city.

Haines said city officials should direct visitors to sites such as the proposed Doleman Black Heritage Museum and the Alms House on North Locust Street.

Some members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans have claimed the Alms House served as a hospital during the Civil War.

-- Dan Dearth

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