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City Hall clock tower slated for painting

August 04, 1998

Work to strip and paint the clock tower atop Hagerstown's City Hall is expected to begin this month, city officials said.

City Engineer Bruce Johnston said the tower is deteriorating rapidly. The peeling paint looks bad from the street level and even worse up close, he said.

"We feel a responsibility to maintain that," Johnston said.

The city, which sends maintenance violations to other property owners, must keep its own house in order, he said.

The $87,000 contract approved by City Council members on July 28 came in $56,000 over budget, according to contract information.

Johnston said three problems drove the cost up, including the height of the project, the fact there is lead paint on the tower and that it's a busy time for contractors.

Extra funding was found for the project from money not used in renovating Public Square and money reimbursed to the city for a stormwater management project at North Hagerstown High School, he said.

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The contractor, Seaway Coatings Inc. of Baltimore, will have 60 working days to finish the project, city officials said.

- Julie E. Greene

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