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Mayor describes accomplishments, projects

March 14, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II touched on several accomplishments and upcoming projects involving city government during Tuesday's State of the City address.

- The city kicked off a corporate sponsorship project in 1999 to help fund Fairgrounds Park.

Citicorp Credit Services Inc. donated $100,000 toward a $350,000 center pavilion to be built at the park. It will house concessions and restrooms. Construction is to begin in July and be done by the end of summer.

- The Hagerstown Fire Department was a national winner of the 1999 Lowe's Heroes program for visiting 3,670 homes in June and educating the public about safe cooking. The department received $10,000 for educational and fire prevention programs.

- The city was awarded a $200,000 grant to analyze vacant or underutilized industrial or commercial properties with real or perceived environmental contamination through the Brownfields Program.

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Another $500,000 grant will be used to establish a Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund to provide loans at below market rate for cleanup work.

- Hagerstown began participating in the Maryland Police Corps Academy, with four cadets now training at the Anne Arundel County facility.

- Through the HotSpot program a full-time community police officer was assigned to the Jonathan Street neighborhood and another will be assigned to the downtown/West End areas.

- Sixteen economic development projects worth more than $72.7 million and resulting in 1,996 jobs were complete or in the works.

Those projects include the Centre at Hagerstown, Weis Supermarket, Outlook Point, Eden Pines and Texas Roadhouse.

- The city is working with the Antietam Creek Coalition on efforts to open a Civil War Museum in downtown Hagerstown.

- The Hagerstown area Police Athletic League expects to open an in-line hockey rink at Fairgrounds Park by the fall.

- The city was given $50,000 in federal funds to build a hiker/biker trail along Hamilton Run.

- The Hamilton Run interceptor project was completed last year, with sewer lines in the North End replaced or relined to prevent basement backups.

- The Neighborhoods First program has active groups in five neighborhoods. They have identified community needs and are working to improve their neighborhoods.

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