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Prisons get big piece of capital spending pie

January 27, 1999|By LAURA ERNDE

ANNAPOLIS - A $6.9 million kitchen expansion at the state prison complex south of Hagerstown tops a list of Washington County construction projects slated to get state funding in 2000.

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Gov. Parris Glendening's $1 billion capital spending plan calls for $19.3 million for projects in Washington County.

Glendening will give his plan to the Maryland General Assembly today.

In the plan, the central kitchen at the prison complex south of Hagerstown would be expanded to facilitate preparation of bulk food for both the Western and Jessup area correctional institutions.

The Maryland Correctional Training Center would get $4.2 million for a new 16-foot-high double fence. The 7,000-square-foot fence would be equipped with an electronic detection system and security lighting.

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Under Glendening's spending plan, the Washington County Board of Education would get $3 million for five school projects.

Clear Spring Elementary would get $1.97 million from the state for its addition and renovation, which is $127,000 less than school officials requested.

South Hagerstown High would get $805,000 to design and plan the second phase of its major overhaul, which targets the gym and auditorium.

Hancock Elementary would get $127,000 for a new roof.

Potomac Heights Elementary would get $174,000 for a new heating and air conditioning system.

A $159,000 technology wiring grant would be spent at Northern Middle and North Hagerstown High, said Director of Facilities Management Dennis McGee.

Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr. and other school officials are making a trip to the State House today to ask for $127,000 more for Clear Spring.

"It's really just a polite dispute. "(The state's) really done a lot this year. Without this program we'd have a tough time doing these projects," McGee said.

Of Glendening's proposed $250 million statewide school construction budget, $62.5 million is up for grabs.

Hagerstown Community College is slated to get $819,000 to help convert the library into a student center. Total cost is $1.2 million.

HCC also would get $52,000 for design work for conversion of its administration building into a center where students can register, learn about financial aid and talk to advisers. Total cost is $1.3 million.

An $870,000 request from Washington County Hospital was in the plan.

The hospital wants to move its Potomac Street Community Health Center to Prospect Street.

The new Downtown Community Medical Center will treat patients on a sliding-fee scale.

Cost of the building purchase and renovation is $2.16 million, said Robert Milanchus, the hospital's director of development, public relations and marketing.

The governor's spending plan delays for one year construction of a juvenile detention center in Hagerstown.

Planning for the Western Maryland Detention Center, a 24-bed facility near the Maryland National Guard Armory, is now set to begin in 2001.

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