Hagerstown Mayor and City Council will have a regular session tonight

September 28 – The Mayor and City Council in Hagerstown will hold a regular meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 1 E. Franklin Street, where public comment will be welcome.

Wes Decker, Communications Officer for the City of Hagerstown, joined First News this morning to give a preview of the meeting.

The agenda has 12 consent items and 12 new business items.

The public may also send comments to councilcomments@hagerstownmd.org until 5 p.m.

There have already been three emails sent to that address, most of which have to do with the proposed Harrison Track and Howell Road development project, which would potentially bring 2,000 trucks a day to Hagerstown in that particular area.

A lot of the concern is the roadways around the development site and how to make sure the truck traffic is diverted to keep the infrastructure intact.

Decker said, “Whether that ultimately happens or how that plays out, there are still discussions between the city, the county and the potential developer there. It is something that will be done on spec, so we’re not exactly sure what it might hold in store. They talked about a warehouse and some things of that nature, but again, yes, 2,000 trucks, that certainly has been mentioned and has gotten the attention of some folks who live in that vicinity.”

Another discussion on the agenda this evening will be the free holiday parking program as it relates to the parking decks downtown. It would begin on Thanksgiving Day and would carry over each weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, through January 2.

Mayor and Council will also take a look at Project Restore, which is a grant program for city funding. The Mayor and City Council will vote on how to incorporate that money, particularly for a program called Partners in Economic Progress.

The Mayor and Council will also consider the approval of resolution for the memorandum of understanding with multiple parties creating the Child Advocacy Center.

Decker said, “It is very vital for children who might be abused sexually or otherwise and a number of parties come together to make that happen.”

Staff at the Child Advocacy Center, members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Hagerstown Police Department, and Department of Social Services all play a role in making sure that children are protected.

Decker said, “Lots of people don’t like to talk about it a lot, but it’s a crucial resource for sure.”

To see the full agenda for tonight click here: https://hagerstown.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=1014&MinutesMeetingID=-1&doctype=Agenda