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City Council votes to close part of Potomac for Wind Down Fridays

April 20, 2010|By ERIN JULIUS

Most members of the Hagerstown City Council agreed Tuesday afternoon to close the first block of South Potomac Street for several Friday evenings this summer to make way for the Wind Down Fridays music program.

Councilwoman Ashley C. Haywood strenuously objected to the closure.

While the festivities benefit businesses in that block because it is sectioned off, other downtown businesses see a steep drop in traffic during the hours of the program, Haywood said.

Haywood is co-owner of Skyline Coffee Co. on Public Square.

She would prefer not to see the street closed, she said.

The other councilmembers and Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II all spoke in favor of closing the street for the weekly event. The program dates are June 11 and 18; July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and Aug. 6, 20 and 27.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner expressed concern about the increased use of fire police, who are volunteers. At some point, organizations who use the fire police to close streets for their events should have to pay for the service, he said.

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