City briefs 2-2

February 01, 2001

City briefs 2/2

Traffic pattern change set for intersection

Traffic patterns at the intersection of South Prospect and South Walnut streets near Hagerstown City Park will change in the next few months.

The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve a $45,986 contract with Henson & Son in Hagerstown to alter the intersection.

South Walnut Street traffic yields to South Prospect Street traffic. After the changes go into effect, South Prospect Street traffic will yield to South Walnut Street traffic.

Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue said a stop sign will be placed at the end of South Prospect Street.

A new curb will be installed on South Prospect Street. The curb will channel traffic into a perpendicular intersection with South Walnut Street, Tissue said.


Tissue said work on the intersection should begin in March and be completed in April.

Councilman Wally McClure voted against the contract. He said the new traffic pattern should be tested before permanent changes are made.

In-line hockey rink contracts are approved

Contracts for a new in-line hockey rink at Fairgrounds Park, new park benches and accessibility improvements at the Hager House Museum were unanimously approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

Construction of the in-line rink could begin in March and be completed in May, said Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue.

Milton Stamper Builders of Hagerstown was awarded the $138,663 contract to construct the concrete in-line hockey rink, which will be used by the Police Athletic League.

Milton Stamper Builders also received a $102,000 contract for work around the Hager House Museum in City Park.

Tissue said the project includes grading some of the land to make it level with the porch of the museum. He said there's about a 15-inch step between the two now.

Handicapped-accessible restrooms will be added to the museum.

The council also approved a $5,500 contract with Bike Manufacturing in Smithsburg for 50 park bench metal frames. The frames will replace those at City Park in front of the band shell.

Mayor, council retreat slated for today

Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council will hold a budget retreat beginning at 9 a.m. today at City Hall.

The annual retreat typically signals the beginning of council's work on the budget for the next fiscal year.

The city's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

The City Charter requires the council to approve a budget for the next fiscal year by June 1.

Penalty changing for spitting, urinating

Spitting, throwing snowballs and urinating in public places around Hagerstown are becoming less costly for would-be offenders. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to change the penalties for those crimes, from a maximum $1,000 fine and six months in jail to a maximum fine of $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

Police now will issue criminal citations for those offenses. With the stiffer penalties, police were required to arrest people charged with those crimes. A criminal citation still requires a court appearance.

The changes go into effect March 2.

- Dan Kulin

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