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Council consensus on street closing is final

September 11, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

The Hagerstown City Council's consensus agreement to close South Potomac Street next month won't require a final vote, said Karen Giffin, the city's director of community affairs.

The council agreed Tuesday that South Potomac Street's first block can be shut down three times in October for public events.

Washington County Public Schools is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Barbara Ingram School for the Arts on Oct. 20.

The Maryland Theatre is hosting Halloween Wind Down Friday on Oct. 23 and will have two sold-out performances by comedian Ron White on Oct. 24.

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The council agreed to the three requests after cutting the number of hours the street would be closed for the theater events.

The theater asked to serve alcohol on city property at Halloween Wind Down Friday, which would have required the council's approval at a voting session later this month.

However, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner objected to having alcohol at a family event. Other council members did not speak out in favor of having alcohol.

Since serving alcohol was dropped from the request, the council's consensus on the street closings on Tuesday is considered final, Giffin said Thursday.

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