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Hagerstown City Council briefs

September 16, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

Planned water tank draws Breichner's concern



A planned 6.4 million gallon water storage tank on U.S. 40 drew the concern of Hagerstown City Council member William M. Breichner during a Hagerstown City Council work session Tuesday afternoon.

Council members have received a $5.4 million bid for the tank, and the bid proposal initially was included in a proposed consent agenda for next Tuesday's regular council meeting.

A consent agenda contains a list of items that often are approved or disapproved together.

Breichner objected Tuesday to the water tank proposal being on the consent agenda, saying he believes projects that big should be on the regular agenda where items are taken up individually.

Michael Spiker, director of utilities for the city, said the proposal had been discussed by the council before.

It was decided during Tuesday's meeting that the water tank would be included on next Tuesday's regular agenda.

Council to consider 'bottle club' proposal



A proposed law to be considered by the Hagerstown City Council will allow some clubs in the city to allow their patrons to bring beer or wine.

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Some establishments are not eligible for a liquor license due to their seating capacity, City Council member Martin E. Brubaker said during a city council work session Tuesday afternoon.

Under the proposed "Bottle Club" law, establishments with smaller seating capacities could allow patrons to bring their own beer and wine, Brubaker said.

Council member Ashley C. Haywood questioned an annual $100 fee for establishments wanting to be a bottle club.

Council members discussed requiring businesses to pay a $100 fee initially. But the annual fee could be reduced to $50 in following years as long as the establishments did not cause any problems, council members said.

Council members are expected to review the proposed law during their regular council meeting next Tuesday.

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