City, county briefs

March 17, 2003

School supporters plan Annapolis rally

Washington County organizers are preparing posters, chartering buses and planning to provide a presence at the "Fully Fund Thornton" media event in Annapolis on Wednesday.

The event, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Lawyer's Mall, will feature statewide education advocate Alvin Thornton.

"This event is providing an opportunity for our local groups to focus on funding," said Board of Education member Jackie Fischer. "The Board of Education is partnering with many other state and local groups to promote attendance at this event through a funding ride next Wednesday. If we want adequate funding for our county's public schools, then now is the time to let our voices be heard."

Representatives from the Maryland State Parent-Teacher Association and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education are partnering to get the word out and to coordinate attendance, Fischer said.

Sponsored by the Funding Coalition, the event seeks to promote the following messages:

  • Public Education funding should not be held hostage.

  • Commitments to fully fund Thornton over the long-term should not be dependent on any single, unreliable funding stream.

  • Leaders can not allow any "back door" to K-12 education funding.

Public is invited to Superfund meeting

The public is invited to give input Thursday on reuse of the Central Chemical Superfund site in Hagerstown.

The Hagerstown Planning Department has scheduled a public meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Western Heights Middle School, 1300 Marshall Street.

People can comment on reuse ideas that have been explored by the Land Use Committee for the project as well as share their own ideas, Planning Director Kathy Maher said.

This is the second public meeting of the city's Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

The Environmental Protection Agency gave the city a $100,000 grant to involve the community in the redevelopment.

Parking to switch along streets of Hagerstown

Parking will be switched to to the proper designated side of Locust Street (from Locust Point to Broadway), Elizabeth Street and Garlinger Avenue (from Potomac Street to Spruce Street), city officials said.

The switch was to have taken place March 1, but snow delayed it until today, according to the Hagerstown Public Works Department.

City asks residents to report potholes

Hagerstown officials want city residents to report potholes and street damage.

Residents can report potholes by calling the city at 301-739-8577, extension 178.

After hours, leave a message with the street address, if possible, where the pothole is.

Yard waste program will resume in April

The seasonal yard waste program will begin with set-out after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, for pickup on Wednesday, April 2. Collection is City-wide, every Wednesday. The program will continue through December 3.

Set-out procedures are as follows: Yard waste should be set on the curb in reusable containers such as bins or garbage cans, or in paper yard waste or leaf bags. Leaves, grass clippings, brush and small sticks may be recycled.

If you have any questions, call 301-739-8577, extension 106 or 125.

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