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City Council discusses irrigating golf course

October 02, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday discussed ways to provide irrigation at the city-owned Municipal Golf Course, but council members said they could not support changes without finding a way for someone other than the city to foot the bill.

The nine-hole course does not have an irrigation system, which results in several fairways being only "marginally playable" during hot summer months, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said in a staff report.

A city worker uses a hose at night to irrigate the greens, Tissue said. The fairways are not irrigated by hose, he said.

Councilmen Lewis C. Metzner and Kristin B. Aleshire said they were interested in the possibility of irrigating the course using treated effluent from the city's sewer plant, but that was before they were told at Tuesday's meeting that possibility would cost an estimated $650,000 in initial construction cost.

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Other possible ideas include using city water, wells or streams, with the initial construction costs of each running less than $100,000.

Metzner and Aleshire said they would object to drawing water from wells to irrigate the golf course during the current drought.

But Mayor William M. Breichner said he would support using wells for the golf course and pointed out that the Washington County government uses wells for the county-owned Black Rock Golf Course.

The council directed Finance Director Alfred Martin to examine whether the costs of an irrigation system could be financed, at least partially, by increasing player fees or through grants.

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