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by SCOTT BUTKI | January 29, 2003
A Hagerstown Planning Department planner is resigning to take a job in Virginia, a move that will delay part of a department reorganization announced earlier this month. Megan Gedney said Tuesday she applied for the job in September, prior to the plans being made for the department's reorganization. As part of the changes announced Jan. 17, a planner position held by Gedney would be upgraded and reconfigured to development planner and zoning administrator. But Gedney is leaving Hagers-town to take a job as a planner for the City of Leesburg, Va., which has a population of 32,000.
NEWS
BY DAVE McMILLION | March 5, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town, W.Va., Mayor Randy Hilton said Monday night he believes the time has come for the city to hire a city planner. There are many projects under way in Charles Town, as well as many issues facing the city, and a city planner could take on some of the work, said Hilton. Charles Town City Council members said the position is needed because of increased residential growth occurring around town and city projects, including a plan to redevelop old commercial buildings around town.
NEWS
February 26, 1998
South Hagerstown High School must install sidewalks along Maryland Avenue as part of its renovations, a Hagerstown city planner said Thursday. Hagerstown Planning Commission members approved a site plan for South High by a 5-0 vote Wednesday night, but said they wanted sidewalks included, said Matt Davis, a city planner. "A lot of the schools are sorely lacking in sidewalks," Davis said. Sidewalks must be installed from the school's rear entrance on Maryland Avenue to Downsville Road near School Stadium, he said.
NEWS
February 8, 1998
Welcome sign coming to west entrance A "Welcome To Hagerstown" sign could be posted at the west entrance to the city by mid-March, said Matt Davis, a city planner. The sign will be paid for by the Inter Service Club Council, Davis said Tuesday. Seals of the City of Hagerstown and several clubs will be on the sign. The sign would be posted along Washington Avenue at the intersection with Nottingham Road, Davis said. The city would own and maintain the sign, he said.
NEWS
April 20, 1999
Hagerstown City Council members on Tuesday voted 4-1 to adopt a city forest conservation law which mirrors the 1991 state Forest Conservation Act. By passing its own version of the law the city will administer its own forest conservation program and control contributions to a city forest conservation fund. Previously, the program and contributions coming from developments in the city were overseen by the state. Matt Davis, a city planner, said that since 1991 about $200,000 has gone into the state fund as a result of city projects.
NEWS
September 20, 2000
Planners postpone Wal-Mart meeting A Hagerstown Planning Commission discussion and vote on a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter on Edgewood Drive originally expected to be held Sept. 27 has been postponed, Matt Davis, a city planner, said Wednesday. Davis and City Engineer Bruce Johnston said last week the meeting probably would be postponed because the developer, Wyatt Development Co. in Aiken, S.C., has yet to respond to many points raised by city departments. Johnston also has asked that the developer complete additional traffic studies.
NEWS
January 27, 1998
City's first gated community seeks to expand The Hagerstown Planning Commission will consider tonight whether to approve a site plan that would expand the city's first gated community. The original plans for Summerland Manor have changed to replace some one-story units with two three-story condominium buildings, said Brian Flook. Flook is sales manager for Summerland Manor's marketing firm, Power Marketing. Originally, 178 one-story townhomes were planned off Security Road.
NEWS
September 15, 1999
Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council may apply for a $14,000 state grant that would be used to plant trees throughout the city. Formal approval of the grant application is expected during the council's Sept. 28 meeting. It is being prepared by the city Planning Department. The $14,000 represents unused money from Hagerstown construction projects that was paid to the state under the state Forest Conservation Act. The money, if granted and approved, would be used for planting trees.
NEWS
December 12, 1997
The Hagerstown Planning Commission approved plans Wednesday night for a new 6,120-square-foot building for Wheat First Butcher Singer off Eastern Boulevard, a city official said. The commission approved the site plan and subdivision of the lot by separate 6-0 votes, said Matt Davis, a city planner. Commission member Alfred W. Boyer was absent. The brokerage firm plans to consolidate its two downtown Hagerstown offices into a larger one off Eastern Boulevard by May 1, Jim Holzapfel, the firm's managing director, has said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | August 20, 1998
Hagerstown Councilman J. Wallace McClure said Thursday he could move his two businesses out of downtown by October. The Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday granted McClure permission to change a nonconforming use at 816-818 Pope Ave. from a photographer's office to a piano workshop, piano showroom and offices, said Matt Davis, a city planner. Zoning appeals board members Fay Smith, William C. Wantz and Brett Wilson voted 3-0 to grant permission, Davis said. McClure said he still needs to secure a loan to buy the Pope Avenue building.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 6, 2013
The impact that a proposed McDonald's restaurant in Martinsburg's north end could have on traffic there was the primary concern of Martinsburg planning commissioners Wednesday night when they reviewed the project's sketch plan. The traffic concerns, however, were not a deal breaker for the Martinsburg Planning Commission, which voted unanimously to advance the project eyed for Old Courthouse Square shopping center in the city's review process. Commissioners voted separately to advance a map amendment request that also is needed for the project to City Council for approval.
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OBITUARIES
February 1, 2011
DEC. 25, 1960-JAN. 26, 2011 Wendy Jayne Bailey, 50, of Johnson City, Tenn., died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at home, following a battle with multiple sclerosis. She grew up in Clinton, Iowa, daughter of Weston and Betty Hill Jayne. Wendy was city planner for Johnson City. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Wendy also was a member of the Ann Robertson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the City Youth Ballet. Wendy was a graduate of Iowa State University and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | June 27, 2007
The city wants to recognize residents and business owners who have improved their properties, and made Hagerstown a better place to live, work and visit. Melissa K. Hynes, a city planner, said people can nominate themselves, other residents or business owners to the Hagerstown Beautification Advisory Committee at City Hall. The winners will be recognized during a Hagerstown City Council meeting at the end of August. "People who put a little extra into their property deserve attention," she said.
NEWS
by DAN DEARTH | May 4, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - City officials are forming a Hagerstown Beautification Advisory Committee within the next few weeks as part of a program to keep the city presentable, said Melissa K. Hynes, a city planner. The city will accept applications until Wednesday from people who are interested in joining the committee, she said. Ideally, Hynes said the committee would be selected by the third week of May. "(The committee will) act as the leading force in our movement to make Hagerstown a better place to live, work, play and visit," she said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | April 18, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A proposal to nearly double Charles Town's growth boundary sparked a sometimes heated discussion during a Charles Town City Council meeting Monday night. The growth boundary is a designated area around the city of which city council members will use to consider possible annexations. The city's growth boundary currently takes in 7,700 acres but under a Charles Town Planning Commission proposal, the boundary would be expanded by another 7,200 acres. Mayor Peggy Smith said before the meeting Monday that city officials are considering expanding the growth boundary so the city can attract more commercial growth.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 12, 2006
HAGERSTOWN andrews@herald-mail.com Despite complaints of late details and ill-advised seating, the Hagerstown Planning Commission voted 5-1 Wednesday to approve a high school stadium site plan, allowing excavation to begin. Planning commission member Kristin B. Aleshire criticized representatives of Mike Callas Stadium at North Hagerstown High School for not submitting project details in advance. Aleshire, who voted no, said he didn't see the site plan until the meeting.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | January 29, 2003
A Hagerstown Planning Department planner is resigning to take a job in Virginia, a move that will delay part of a department reorganization announced earlier this month. Megan Gedney said Tuesday she applied for the job in September, prior to the plans being made for the department's reorganization. As part of the changes announced Jan. 17, a planner position held by Gedney would be upgraded and reconfigured to development planner and zoning administrator. But Gedney is leaving Hagers-town to take a job as a planner for the City of Leesburg, Va., which has a population of 32,000.
NEWS
BY DAVE McMILLION | March 5, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town, W.Va., Mayor Randy Hilton said Monday night he believes the time has come for the city to hire a city planner. There are many projects under way in Charles Town, as well as many issues facing the city, and a city planner could take on some of the work, said Hilton. Charles Town City Council members said the position is needed because of increased residential growth occurring around town and city projects, including a plan to redevelop old commercial buildings around town.
NEWS
February 14, 2002
City planners balance parking, housing issues The Hagerstown Planning Commission Wednesday pored over several proposed zoning ordinance text amendments in an effort to balance the need for inner-city housing with the long-term goal of increasing home ownership in Hagerstown. The sticking point was parking. City Engineer Rodney Tissue said he met with the Hagerstown City Council in October about the negative effect on parking when turning a single-family house into a duplex.
NEWS
March 8, 2001
Handicapping Hagerstown's council race In more than 25 years of watching Hagerstown city politics, I've never seen a stronger field of candidates for the city council. That said, electing the wrong combination could lead to four years of quarrels and infighting, which is why it's important for voters to choose well in the primary on March 13. Here are the candidates I've been impressed with. First, the Republicans: - Vicki Bodnar. She and her husband Ted bought two houses on East Franklin Street downtown, with the idea of living in one and running a business out of another.
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