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Parking deck gate fix sought

July 09, 1997

Parking deck gate fix sought

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

City of Hagerstown officials said Tuesday they would try to find a quick, temporary solution for the broken gate at the downtown parking deck until the equipment can be repaired.

The gate off the alley has been broken for about six weeks, said City Finance Director Al Martin. He said there have been problems trying to get replacement parts from the vendor and the parts might not be available.

Since the equipment is aging, Martin might ask council members before the end of August to consider replacing all of it.

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That could cost $25,000 to $30,000, Martin said. Fixing the gate by the alley might cost about $2,000, he said.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner raised the matter during a work session on Tuesday because he had received several complaints from constituents about the broken gate.

Metzner suggested having the gate raised from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. so drivers could get in easier. At the end of the day they would have no problem getting out with their pass cards, he said.

Drivers who took advantage of the open gate and who didn't have pass cards would have to pay the required fee before exiting, he said.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer suggested city officials try to improve residents' perception of the parking deck.

"The perception that it's not safe in the deck is just a perception," Boyer said.

Perhaps city police could park a cruiser in the deck or drive around the deck occasionally, Boyer said. Downtown patrol officers could check the deck periodically, he said.

Boyer also suggested staffing the deck during later hours so someone is there when students get out of night classes at Frostburg State University's Hagerstown Center on Public Square.

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