Taneytown bid to buy ex-City Hall likely to be accepted

Building could house city's Police Department

January 26, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Taneytown's bid to buy back a building that once served as City Hall appears successful, city officials say.

If the city's offer is accepted, as expected, Taneytown will own the property at 16-18 E. Baltimore St., across from its current City Hall, Mayor W. Robert Flickinger said yesterday.

The Police Department likely will move into the new quarters after renovations are completed within about six months, he said. The Police Department uses space in City Hall.

Taneytown officials set aside up to $125,000 in the city's fiscal 1999 budget for obtaining space needed to alleviate cramped conditions at City Hall, at 15-17 E. Baltimore St., which houses a 10-member Police Department and an 11-member administrative staff, said City Manager Chip Boyles.

The building being purchased is owned by Yvonne Herring, whose mother, Hazel Lambert, bought the property after the city's administrative staff and Police Department moved across the street in 1973.

Attempts to reach Herring were unsuccessful.

The anticipated purchase would double the 4,000 square feet of space shared by police and city officials, Boyles said.

Money not spent in the purchase could be used for renovations, Flickinger said.

Long before it served as City Hall, the facility at 16-18 E. Baltimore St. served as the town's post office and the postmaster lived in the adjoining residence, Flickinger said.

Moving City Hall to its current location was considered a boon because of parking, Boyles said.

A small lot west of police headquarters at 15 E. Baltimore St. affords parking for police and visitors, and about a half-dozen metered spaces are available for the public.

A municipal lot with parking for about 50 vehicles is behind City Hall.

Only metered spaces are available in front of the former City Hall across the street and parking behind that location is limited to about four spaces.

Flickinger stressed that the City Council has not determined the best way to use the new quarters.

"I think the police will move," he said.

Flickinger said parking accommodations will have to be worked out, so police cars will have quick access for emergency responses.

Pub Date: 1/26/99

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