City Council briefs

October 15, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Engineer updates city on park plans

Hagerstown City Engineer Rodney Tissue gave the Hagerstown City Council an update Tuesday on plans to build handicapped-accessible restrooms near the City Park band shell.

The restrooms adjacent to Virginia Avenue would be closed and used instead for park maintenance facilities. Those restrooms have some maintenance problems and are not handicapped-accessible, Tissue said.

The restrooms would be built next summer with Community Development Block Grant funding.

City program would recognize investment

Hagerstown Economic Development Director Deborah Everhart told the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday about a proposed program called "Highlight Hagerstown" aimed at recognizing residential and commercial investment.

The program would be a beautification award that encourages residents and business owners to improve their property, she said. Individuals could nominate themselves or others.


Properties would be selected based on landscaping, painting, facade improvement and overall appeal, Everhart said.

Railroad display upgrades possible

The railroad display at City Park will be improved under a proposal presented to the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday.

Since being hired as Hagerstown's train attendant in 1982, John Long, 86, has returned each year's salary to the city to help fund a railroad museum, said John Budesky, director of administrative services.

The $50,000 in contributions from Long, along with his many volunteer hours and thousands of artifacts and railroad memorabilia, will allow the realization of Long's dream of the city having a rail museum at City Park.

Long works daily at the Engine 202 Steam Locomotive Caboose Display at City Park, but many people do not realize they can visit the trains, Budesky said.

"Some people think it's a railroad graveyard," Budesky said.

The city would use the money to move caboose cars on the property, double the size of the existing storage building to make it a railroad history museum and make other changes.

The project would use no taxpayer dollars, Budesky said.

The work is independent of the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, Budesky said.

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