City of Hagerstown has a full afternoon today

HAGERSTOWN – The City of Hagerstown will meet with Washington County Commissioners this afternoon at 4 p.m. to continue their efforts to have more open communication with the commissioners and a work session for City Council will follow that.

Wes Decker, Communications Officer for the City of Hagerstown, joined First News this morning for a preview of this afternoon’s meeting.

Following the discussion with Washington County Commissioners, City Council will have a work session that will begin around 5 p.m. with a 7-item agenda. No public comment is available during the work sessions, but will be open next week during the full Council meeting.

One item up for discussion is the Hamilton Hotel Building project. The Hamilton Hotel partially collapsed before Thanksgiving last year and the owners are coming to Council to request help with funding.

Decker said, “When you look at the end goal, the end goal is to have a building that is stable and is usable once again. So when the owners say we need some help with funding, what does the City do? Say no we’re not going to provide any funding at all, it’s up to you. And they say well we can’t come up with that money and they just leave the building as is. Is that ultimately what the City wants?”

It will be discussed this afternoon.

A few months ago, the City addressed the issue of people riding dirt bikes on city streets.

Decker said he has not heard much about that issue recently. “My thought process at least would be that that has not been nearly as prevalent as it was as we got into the warmer weather. I don’t know if the fact that’ it’s been so hot and humid has deterred those who were engaging in that particular practice or if the community sort of coming together and kind of ratting out these individuals who’d been doing it has caused them to sort of stop or wind down that activity.”

Another agenda item for this afternoon’s work session includes discussion of a third parking deck for the City of Hagerstown that will sort of tied to the multi-use stadium project. It would be the only contribution that the City would have to make in terms of money coming out of its pocket for that particular project.

A request for that will be made this afternoon.

Public art projects will also be discussed, including the Faces of Hagerstown exhibit which is a photo exhibit in the City that will be extended.

To preview the agenda, click here: https://hagerstown.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=986&MinutesMeetingID=-1&doctype=Agenda

The meeting will be around 5 p.m. in person in Council Chambers at 1 E. Franklin Street, City Hall Building, or available on the City’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.

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