Hagerstown City Council briefs

March 19, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Street closed to replace water service lines

Pennsylvania Avenue between Jonathan Street and North Prospect Street will be closed to through traffic daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. "until further notice" while underground water service lines are replaced, the City of Hagerstown said Tuesday.

The road closure is scheduled to begin today.

The city said detours will be posted.

Parts of work session broadcast on television

The City of Hagerstown broadcast parts of Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council work session live on the community access channel to test new video equipment, spokeswoman Karen Giffin said.

The broadcast did not include sound because the city was only testing the video feed this week, Giffin said.

The first scheduled broadcast of both the visual and audio feeds of a council meeting is the April 1 work session, Giffin said.

Cameras to televise the meetings were installed in recent months.

The $86,000 cost for the equipment, its installation and training for its use were paid for by Antietam Cable Television as part of its franchise agreement with the city government, Giffin said


Two power outages scheduled for downtown

The City of Hagerstown has scheduled two power outages for parts of downtown Hagerstown on Sunday to provide for the relocation of electrical facilities related to the downtown University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center, a city official said Tuesday.

Existing overhead electrical facilities will be moved underground, Light Department Manager Michael Spiker said in a news release.

The first outage, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, is expected to affect properties in the first blocks of West Franklin, West Washington and North Potomac streets, the release said.

The second outage, scheduled from noon to 3 p.m., is expected to affect some properties on the first blocks of West Washington and South Potomac Streets as well as traffic lights in Public Square, the city said.

In case of inclement weather, the outages will occur at the same time March 30, the city said.

City staff may share county's software

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave city staff consensual approval to proceed with a proposal to share use of permits and inspections tracking software used by Washington County.

The move will mean the city won't have to buy its own software.

The city has been planning on buying software but Building Inspector Michael Heyser and City Engineer Rodney Tissue told the council it makes more sense to tap into the software being used by the county.

It would cost the city about $25,000 to start sharing the county software, Tissue said. Those costs include licensing, training and other expenses, he said.

County staff has not raised objections to the city sharing the software, he said.

It could cost the city more than $100,000 to purchase and use its own software, he said.

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