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Hagerstown City Council briefs

April 25, 2012

Pangborn property rezoned
After a lengthy battle, the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday granted a rezoning for a former industrial property at 580 Pangborn Blvd.
The five-member council voted 3-2 in favor of the motion, with Councilmen William Breichner and Lewis C. Metzner voting against it.
Officials from Pangborn Corp., which owns the property, want to rezone the property from Neighborhood Mixed-Use to Professional Office Mixed-Use to increase its marketability for sale.
They argued that a mistake was made when the property was redesignated in the city’s comprehensive rezoning in 2010.
The Pangborn Corp. plant, bisected by the city-Washington County line, was built on the property in 1915. It ceased operations around 2000, and most of the buildings on the 12.44-acre plot were torn down.
Since then, residential neighborhoods grew in the area, prompting the zoning change by the city.
Officials ultimately agreed that a mistake was made in the comprehensive rezoning on the grounds that the city could not have taken into account at the time that the buildings wouldn’t be viable for Neighborhood Mixed-Use zoning.

Softball field lighting proposal approved
The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into an agreement to help construct lights at a second softball field at Fairgrounds Park.
As part of the agreement, the five-member council unanimously approved an interest-free loan for $35,000 to the Hagerstown Fairgrounds Softball Association, with the loan to be paid back in $7,000 installments for the next five years.
The city agreed to forward fund the $114,000 project, and will receive a $47,084 reimbursement through leftover Maryland Program Open Space funding from Washington County.
The remaining amount of $31,916 will be paid by the city through Capital Improvement Projects funds.
The HFSA will pay the electric costs associated with the lights, which will be owned by the city.

Purchase of two new pickup trucks approved
The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of two new pickup trucks to replace two vehicles in the public works fleet.
The trucks, a Ford F-150 and a Ford F-350, will be bought from Apple Ford of Columbia, Md., for a total price of $42,662. They will used in the city’s street division.
The F-150 will replace a 1992 GMC pickup in poor condition with extensive rust damage in the bed and about 122,000 miles. The F-350 replaces a 2000 GMC Sierra 1500 with more than 100,000 miles.
Both of the old vehicles are to be sold at auction.
The new trucks will be ordered for delivery in July with the funds coming from the fiscal 2012-13 budget.

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—C.J. Lovelace

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