HAGERSTOWN ? The Hagerstown City Council earlier this week questioned a proposal to have contractors rather than city workers remove two dilapidated garages behind the city-owned Alms House on North Locust Street.
Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said she wanted to see a schedule that shows the reason city workers are too busy to do the job. It wouldn't make sense to pay contractors $18,700, which includes about $5,000 to install a fence on the property, if the job could be done for less money in-house, she said.
Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer agreed.
"I can't believe (city workers) are that busy," she said.
The Alms House, at 239 N. Locust St., is abandoned, but served as a poorhouse and a hospital during the Civil War. It is believed men died there and were buried nearby.
Larry Bayer, City Community Development manager, said documentation shows there was a cemetery for Civil War soldiers near the garages that are slated for removal.