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Councilwoman sports shirt to back fountain fund-raiser

August 07, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown City Councilwoman Penny May Nigh last month said she thought a city appeal for donations to help buy three fountains for city parks and make repairs at a pond was inappropriate. On Tuesday, she turned up at a City Council work session in a T-shirt supporting the effort.

Nigh's T-shirt, which had pictures of City Park and Pangborn Park, read: "Fund raise to restore fountains."

She also donated $100 to the cause and challenged the other members of the City Council to donate money.

In late June, Public Works Manager Eric Deike asked the public to help pay for the improvements at the two parks.

In mid-July, Nigh said the fountains and improvements should be paid for by the city, not by residents. Nigh said the request was inappropriate because she believed money for the work probably could be found in the city budget.

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The city should ask residents for money only when it's impossible to find the funds elsewhere, she said then.

On Tuesday she said she has since concluded that the city doesn't have the money available so she supports the fund-raising effort.

Deike said Tuesday the improvements would cost from $20,000 to $40,000, depending on the style and sizes of the fountains and on whether the fountains have lights.

The city has $8,000 in the budget that it can use for the cause, Deike said.

The council told Deike the first priority should be to do repair work on the so-called "frog pond," a fenced pond between City Park's lake and the concession stand, so fountains there can be used again.

The city should then get a cost estimate on renovating and repairing a fountain at Pangborn Park and determine the cost of two fountains that would float in the lakes at the two parks, council members said.

The city has received $120 in donations and an offer from a local electrical firm to supply some of the labor for the project, Deike said. A local flower shop has offered to raffle off flowers to raise money for the fountains, he said.

Donations may be sent to Hagerstown City Hall, ATTN: Karen Giffin, 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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