Breichner honored in naming of water plant
By JULIE E. GREENE
SMITHSBURG - When they dedicated the new $4.7 million water treatment plant for Edgemont Reservoir Monday, Hagerstown officials honored one of their own by naming it for City Councilman William M. Breichner.
Breichner, 66, was superintendent of the water department from 1967 to 1983.
"It is humbling and I'm really grateful for this honor," said a surprised Breichner after the Monday morning ceremony. He said he knew something was up when his family showed up at the dedication.
About 70 people attended the ceremony at the plant south of Smithsburg off Crystal Falls Drive.
The previous City Council had agreed to name the plant for Breichner.
"Bill is the expert with everything in the city based on his experience, but certainly when it comes to water," said Councilman Lewis C. Metzner.