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Hagerstown City Council briefs

September 22, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Council postpones decision on Gordon's loan requests



HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday postponed a decision on loan requests to open a car-themed restaurant on North Potomac Street.

The council's agenda listed a discussion of Our Three Sons LLC's request for $161,000 from the Hagerstown Revolving Loan Fund and $101,000 from the Upper Floor Revolving Fund.

However, the matter was taken off the agenda.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the council decided during an executive session before Tuesday's regular meeting to put off a vote on the requests until Oct. 6.

The council wants more information from Our Three Sons LLC, Bruchey said.

Attorney Tim Gordon, a principal in Our Three Sons LLC, plans to open a classic-car showroom and a restaurant at 116 N. Potomac St.

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Gordon has said he needs a city loan to help pay for an elevator and a sprinkler system or the project might fail.

The city's Hagerstown Redevelopment Authority has recommended that the council deny the loan requests.

City's latest water and sewer rate hikes to take effect Nov. 1



HAGERSTOWN -- The city's latest water and sewer rate increases -- which the city council approved Tuesday -- will take effect Nov. 1.

Increases in the water rate will average 5 percent for in-city customers and 6.5 percent for customers outside the city.

Sewer-rate increases will average 5 percent inside the city and 3 percent outside the city.

Councilman William M. Breichner said he supports the increases, except for an escalating rate for customers using more than 18,000 gallons of water a quarter. He said that would hurt large families and apartment building owners.

Councilman Martin E. Brubaker said it was tough to raise rates, but he, Breichner and city staff worked to lower the increases.

In the spring, a preliminary 2009-10 city budget projected increases of 12.75 percent for water rates and 11.5 percent for sewer rates.

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