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City hires project coordinator

March 05, 1997

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

A point person for the City of Hagerstown's special projects will be on the job beginning Monday.

Austin Abraham, the city's new project coordinator, will work on the development of Hagerstown Fairgrounds, parking improvements and joint water and sewer issues with Washington County, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said Tuesday.

Abraham, 44, of Indian Lane east of Hagerstown, said he has been the city's commercial billing/collections supervisor since September 1984.

The change in responsibilities comes with a slight pay increase.

Abraham's new salary will be $43,576 compared with his current salary of $41,954, Zimmerman said.

"He brings a lot of creative thinking and energy" to the new position, Zimmerman said.

Abraham's current job will be restructured with responsibilities distributed among existing staff so the city won't have to hire an additional employee, Zimmerman said.

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The project coordinator will report to Zimmerman and help Zimmerman and department managers on various projects.

Abraham said he is looking forward to his new responsibilities as well as continuing work on projects with which he already has experience, such as joint water and sewer issues with Washington County.

Currently city and county officials are trying to straighten out which has the right to provide sewer service to an area west of Hagerstown that has no public sewer service.

That area includes Cedar Lawn and the northern end of Hopewell Road, he said.

The city and county have nine different agreements covering their joint sewer service areas and that area seems to overlap, Abraham said.

Other projects Abraham will help coordinate include starting a new billing system for the city's utilities, following up on delinquent parking tickets and improving the North Potomac Street parking lot.

He will be the first person to hold the newly created project coordinator position.

Abraham is a 1970 graduate of North Hagerstown High School.

He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore and a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in public administration from Hood College.

Before working for the city, Abraham spent seven years working for Antietam Equipment Corp., which manufactures and distributes truck bodies and equipment. He was vice president and general manager of the company, which at the time belonged to his father, he said.

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