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Development work begining at fairgrounds

September 30, 1998

Preliminary work will begin at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds this week in preparation for its development into a recreational area.

City Council members approved contracts for demolition and grading work in separate 4-0 votes on Sept. 22, said City Clerk Gann Breichner. Councilman Bill Breichner was absent.

Low bidder Fayetteville Contractors, of Fayetteville, Pa., was awarded the $18,355 grading contract.

The firm will move piles of soil to create more berms near the entrance to the ice rink to buffer it from neighbors.

The contractor also will start shaping the BMX dirt track by moving extra soil to the northwest side of the 68 acres, said Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue.

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Low bidder Allegany Wrecking, of Hagerstown, was awarded the $9,755 demolition contract.

In October the firm will start razing several small buildings and two 30- to 40-foot-high observation towers, Tissue said.

The towers were built so horse racing officials could observe the jockeys to make sure they obey race rules.

Allegany also will remove an underground oil tank and debris from the property.

Allegany's work is expected to take one to two months, Tissue said.

-Julie E. Greene

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