City Council briefs - March 24

March 23, 2011

City property transfers approved

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday approved the following sales and transfers of city property: sale of 140 S. Potomac St. to Schuster and Schuster LLC. for $73,000; and a quit claim agreement relinquishing ownership in a portion of an alley behind 800 View St., the former View Street Diner.

Noise ordinance exemption introduced

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown City Council introduced an amendment to the city's noise ordinance Tuesday to allow private concerts.

The introduction was connected to a request by the Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball team to amend its lease to allow less bureaucracy for approving events.

As introduced, the amendment would allow the city to exempt approved private events from the limitations of its noise ordinance.  

The council will vote on the ordinance on April 5.  If approved, it will go into effect on May 5.

City council approves five resolutions

HAGERSTOWN — The following resolutions were approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council:

  • A resolution and plan to annex into the city 95 split parcels, totaling 21.84 acres. Split parcels are properties where the municipal boundary passes through it, putting it only partially  within the city limits.  Split parcels of less than 5 acres are eligible for annexation without property owner approval under Senate Bill 350 until Sept. 30, 2011.
  • A resolution to continue its memorandum of understanding with the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown for the operation of University Plaza for one year with four additional one-year term renewals.
  • A resolution to provide financial incentives to Capital Women's Care in connection with the expansion of the business and creation of as many of 10 new jobs.
  • A resolution to provide financial incentives to Bergman Eye Center in connection with the expansion of the business and creation of as many as seven new jobs.
  • A resolution authorizing city staff members to apply for a $500,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant to fund renovations of a business incubator at 60 W. Washington St.

City council approves event requests

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown City Council approved the following requests Tuesday during its regularly scheduled meeting:

  • An application to close the first block of South Potomac Street on Fridays this summer from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for The Maryland Theatre's Wind Down Friday music event.
  • A license with the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation to place hot-air balloon sculptures in University Plaza and in public rights of way along Franklin, Potomac and Washington streets for its Take Flight II fundraiser.
  • A request from the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum to use the city lot at South Potomac Street and Memorial Boulevard for a carnival from April 29-May 7.

— Kate S. Alexander
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