Hagerstown City Council briefs

August 27, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Contract awarded for water slide

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday awarded a $45,000 contract for the installation at Potterfield Pool of a 118-foot water slide, which should be ready for use by next summer, city officials said.

The motion was approved 4-1, with Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire opposed.

The contract was awarded to Callas Contractors of Hagerstown, which will be required to install the water slide by mid-April 2004.

The slide would be available for the public during next year's pool season, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

City staff will purchase a pump and strainer at a cost of about $2,917.

The Hagerstown City Council voted in January to buy a $60,000 water slide for the pool.

The total cost of the water slide, including installation, is expected to be about $109,000, Finance Director Al Martin said.

The city is using $27,000 in state Program Open Space money to pay for part of the costs, Tissue said.


Three bays to store ramp materials

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a user agreement with the Corporation for Assistive Technology, which builds and installs ramps for homes in the city and Washington County.

Under the user agreement, the group would be able to use three storage bays in the lower level of the grandstand at Fairgrounds Park to store lumber and modules, and to construct ramps.

The agreement would be effective from April 1, 2003, to March 31, 2004.

Public hearings address annexations

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday held public hearings on five annexations and approved one of them.

The hearing was on these annexations, city officials said:

  • 10 acres near the intersection of Md. 58 and Interstate 81, owned by the Groh family trust.

  • 6.44 acres at Salem Avenue and Broadfording Road, owned by Salem Avenue LLC.

  • 7.16 acres at 12821 Salem Avenue, owned by Interstate Truck Equipment Inc.

  • 91.18 acres at 12931 Salem Avenue, owned by Way of Truth Industries Inc.

  • 28.22 acres on the western side of Eastern Boulevard, owned by Highland Development Corp.

There were two speakers on the proposed annexation of the land, zoned residential, between the CSX Railroad to 200 feet south of the Hagerstown YMCA.

Barbara Wolf of 316 Chart-ridge Drive and her husband, Rodney, spoke against the annexation, saying it could lead to further traffic problems along Eastern Boulevard.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner agreed with Barbara Wolf that an intersection at Chartridge Drive and Eastern Boulevard is a "death trap" but said that section of Eastern is a county, not city, road.

The council later approved the Eastern annexation.

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