Capital items included in city budget

April 02, 1997


Staff Writer

Renovating Public Square, upgrading water and sewer facilities and buying a new police dispatch system are among the capital improvement projects in the city administrator's proposed $73 million budget.

City officials would raise $8,050,000 by issuing general obligation bonds and through other financing in the fiscal year starting July 1 to fund many of the projects, said City Finance Director Al Martin.

Funding for capital improvement projects that aren't related to utilities or other enterprise funds would almost triple under the proposed budget, from $2.2 million to about $6.6 million. The city's enterprise funds include utilities, parking, golf, a planned ice rink, and property management.


Martin said those projects would be funded through bonds, grants or taxpayer money. They include:

  • $1 million for a new radio dispatch system and record-keeping software for the Hagerstown City Police.
  • $950,000 for two ladder trucks for Western Enterprise and Pioneer, Hook & Ladder companies.
  • $635,000 for renovating Public Square. This would include a $200,000 state grant that city officials are still waiting for final approval.
  • $600,000 to restore the remainder of the wall surrounding the City Park lake. The north end of the wall was restored in 1995. The lake would be drained and the work done in the summer of 1998.
  • $475,000 toward purchasing and developing the Hagerstown Fairgrounds. The city will eventually pay Community Center Inc., a subsidiary of the Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation, a total of $1.35 million for the 68 acres.

Other improvement projects related to the utilities and enterprise funds would be financed by the ratepayers either directly or in future rate increases to pay off bonds, Martin said.

Those projects include:

  • $3.3 million to expand capacity at the Water Pollution Control Department plant off of Frederick Street.
  • $1.7 million to finish constructing a filtration plant for the Edgemont and Smithsburg reservoirs.
  • $1.7 million to rehabilitate and upgrade the R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant near Williamsport.
  • $1.1 million to improve the sewage-collection system in the North End.
  • $779,000 to buy more property and demolish buildings to expand the North Potomac Street parking lot.
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