Bond issue would fund fairgrounds, other projects

October 23, 1997


Staff Writer

Developing the Hagerstown Fairgrounds, repairing the City Park lake wall, upgrading downtown traffic signals and improving water and sewer plants are among projects for which city officials are expected to issue $7.9 million in bonds this year, the city's finance director said Wednesday.

City Council members will vote next Tuesday on whether to introduce an ordinance for the bond money, which could be available by Dec. 17, said Finance Director Al Martin.

Planning Director Ric Kautz said $1 million would be used to prepare the fairgrounds for development by grading the land and installing utilities.


The cost of the preparatory work hasn't been determined, Kautz said.

If enough money becomes available, it could be used to begin construction on the first phase of recreational facilities, Kautz said. Elected officials still have to decide what to build first.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein said Tuesday she wanted to avoid spending too much money on design until a better plan for using the 68 acres of green space is available.

Plans for the fairgrounds include soccer fields, softball fields, equestrian show areas, a BMX track, walking and cycling trails and an area for skate boarding.

There is room near the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex for either a second ice rink or an enclosed soccer field, but no commitments have been made for either, Kautz said.

The softball fields could replace those at City Park, which aren't laid out well, Kautz said.

Other uses for bond money include:

- $3.1 million toward $3.3 million in improvements to the Water Pollution Control Department's plant and toward $1.2 million in repairs and upgrades to the Hamilton Run sewer line.

- $2 million toward the $4.5 million construction of the Smithsburg-Edgemont filtration plant and the $2 million rehabilitation and improvements to the R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant.

- $750,000 to buy and develop land to expand downtown parking.

- $400,000 toward the $550,000 purchase of a ladder truck for the Hagerstown Fire Department.

- $300,000 to help pay for traffic signal upgrades in the downtown area.

- $200,000 to restore sections of the City Park lake wall.

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