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Hagerstown City Council OKs and swears in new ethics panel

August 23, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
  • City Hall in downtown Hagerstown.
Herald-Mail file photo

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday night approved and swore in the city's new ethics commission.

A city review board last year recommended creating the commission, which will operate independently of the Washington County Ethics Commission.

The new ethics commission members and the expiration dates of their terms are:

  • Brett Wilson, Sept. 1, 2012
  • Kathleen O'Connell, Sept. 1, 2013
  • The Rev. G. Stanley Steele, Sept. 1, 2014
  • Marc David, Sept. 1, 2015
  • Kristin B. Aleshire, a former city councilman and county commissioner, Sept. 1, 2016

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said during Tuesday's city council meeting that a random drawing was done to determine which appointee received which term.

In other action Tuesday:

  • The council approved Leroy R. Burtner, Randy Catlett and Michael Metz for the Hagerstown Redevelopment Authority, with terms expiring Aug. 1, 2013.
  • Bruchey appointed Denise Sisler to the Hagerstown Housing Authority, with a term expiring Aug. 31, 2016.
  • The city gave Highlight Hagerstown Awards for well-maintained properties.

Residential awards went to: Dennis Doub of 29 Broadway; Joe and Bonnie Henry of 1321 Oak Hill Ave.; and Jeanette Johnson of 1140 Hamilton Blvd.

Discovery Station of Hagerstown received a nonresidential award for its planter beds along Summit Avenue. Adopt-a-Planter awards went to Discovery Station; Frederick, Seibert & Associates; and RBC Wealth Management.

  • A public hearing was held on a plan to use 247 N. Locust St. for a pet-grooming business or a similar use, such as a salon or business office. The council took no action.
  • The council approved paying Milner + Carr Conservation LLC of Philadelphia up to $15,000 to conserve items in the Doleman Black Heritage Museum collection.

The money will come from a $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The only other bidder was rejected for not meeting minimum specifications, according to a city memorandum.

  • The council approved Oct. 31 for Halloween trick or treating.
  • The council agreed to let the Hagerstown Suns have a fireworks show on Sept. 4, replacing a July 22 show that was canceled because of bad weather.

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