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City budget hearing planned

April 08, 1998

The City of Hagerstown's proposed budget for fiscal 1998-1999 includes funding for several neighborhood projects and park improvements.

The council could reduce or add funding for the following projects before adopting a budget on May 26.

A public hearing on the city administrator's proposed budget will be held at 7 p.m. in City Hall on April 28.

Not all of the projects are funded with city money. Some include state and federal funding sources or are paid for by rate payers.

City Park




- $121,000 to expand and light the southern lot off Park Driveway.

- $45,000 to build a multipurpose court for basketball, volleyball and racquetball off Highland Avenue.

- $44,000 to build a new lighted tennis court.

- $13,000 to replace 50 of 312 benches.

Hager House

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- $50,000 to rebuild a 260-foot stone wall.

- $40,000 to make it handicap accessible.

- $10,000 to replace broken shingles or entire roof.

Park and Recreation areas




- $60,000 to add a water slide to Potterfield Pool.

- $53,000 for new restrooms at West End Little League in Hellane Park.

- $40,000 to rebuild a stone wall along a spring in Staley Park.

- $15,000 to improve walkways and landscaping in the park along Prospect Avenue.

Parking




- $230,000 to buy land for off-street parking in the southwest block off Public Square.

- $147,000 to expand the North Potomac Street parking lot and add landscaping and trees.

- $12,000 to install fencing along the top of the North Potomac Street parking deck wall.

Police and Fire




- $90,000 to install flashing warning lights on Eastern Boulevard at the East End fire station.

- $88,000 to replace four patrol cruisers.

- $27,000 to upgrade street alarms.

- $15,000 for renovations to the North Burhans Boulevard police headquarters.

Traffic




- $135,000 to replace traffic signal equipment along Memorial Boulevard at Frederick and Potomac streets.

- $70,000 to replace signal equipment at Pennsylvania Avenue and Fairview Road.

- $45,000 to replace signal equipment at Pennsylvania and Prospect avenues.

Utilities




- $218,000 to replace water main piping at Fenton Avenue, Highlane Street, Marion Street, Mount Aetna Road, North Potomac Street and Wynnwood Drive.

- $150,000 for pedestrian lighting downtown.

- $115,000 to construct a new building on Frederick Street to store Water Pollution Control vehicles.

- $100,000 to upgrade electrical lines in downtown alleys or place them underground.

- $30,000 to replace deteriorated street lights on Wilson Boulevard, East Irvin Avenue and Guilford Avenue.

- $25,000 to provide electrical power to the Northgate development.

- $15,000 to provide electrical power to a new development near Tracy's Lane.

Customer Service




- $100,000 to upgrade the phone system for city departments so everyone is notified when they have voice mail.

- $95,000 to renovate City Hall lobby.

- $50,000 for a tracking system for permits, complaints, inspections and reviews of site plans and subdivisions.

Miscellaneous




- $12,000 to replace four outdated pumps at the city gas station on West Memorial Boulevard. The station serves city and Community Rescue Service vehicles.

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