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October 02, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

Abuses may change city's bulk trash policy



The City of Hagerstown probably will change its residential bulk trash curbside cleanup program in the future because of problems occurring under the current set-up, council members and the mayor said Tuesday.

The city program began Sept. 23.

Some residents are taking advantage of the program, resulting in extra work for city employees, Councilman N. Linn Hendershot said.

Hendershot and Councilwoman Penny May Nigh said some residents are setting bulk trash outside their homes and, after those items are picked up by the city, putting out more bulk items. City staff is then picking up the extra bulk trash.

Hendershot said the piled-up trash is unsightly.

"It looks a bit like Berlin right after the bombs fell," he said. One property owner had four refrigerators in front of his house, he said.

The city is about three days behind schedule on its cleanup program because of the complications, Mayor William M. Breichner said.

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The city will find a way to ensure that in the future the number of pickups on each street is limited to one, Breichner said.

Under the current system, the city is broken into four quadrants, with pickups being made in each quadrant for a few days.




Council OKs purchase of downtown banners



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of new banners to be placed around downtown Hagerstown.

At Tuesday's work session, Larry Bayer, community development coordinator, showed the council designs for three proposed banners: One for the Arts and Entertainment District area, one for residential areas and a third that could be hung anywhere in the downtown.

The designs were drawn by Senior Planner Kathleen Maher.

In a staff report, Bayer and Maher suggested hanging the new banners on the 30-foot streetlight poles on parts of Franklin, Washington, Potomac and Jonathan streets and Summit Avenue.

The total cost of buying the banners will be about $6,500.

The banners will replace the existing green and red banners, Bayer said.

There are about 50 poles in the area. Staff members suggested buying 60 banners so there are spares in case of damage.

The money could come from $30,000 included in the city budget for downtown beautification.

The earliest the banners will go up is January after the city's Christmas banners are taken down.




Water, sewer fees get council support



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave general support for a proposed fee schedule for property owners from outside the city who want to be served by the city's water and sewer service.

Fees generated from the application for service will become general fund revenues.

"This is not a tax. It is a fee to recoup our costs," Economic Development Coordinator Deborah Everhart told the council.

Under the proposal submitted to the council:

  • A property owner in the county urban growth area would pay $30 per residential unit for sewer service and an additional $30 per unit for water service. The urban growth area is a government-identified area in which development is encouraged.

  • The cost for owners of commercial and industrial developments would be $150 per acre for sewer service and an additional $150 per acre for water service.

  • Outside the urban growth area, the cost for water service is $100 per residential unit and $500 per acre for commercial and industrial developments.
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