Hagerstown City Council briefs

November 26, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Trees being sprayed

The City of Hagerstown has contracted to spray trees in the public right of way to deter roosting by starlings and sparrows.

The trees will be treated on five occasions. Weather-permitting, the first application will be Dec. 3, and the final application will be the week of Dec. 14. All applications will occur from about 7 to 9 p.m.

The following downtown locations will be targeted:

  • Public Square

  • 0 block of Summit Avenue

  • 0 block of South Potomac Street

  • 0-100 blocks of North Potomac Street

  • 0-100 blocks of East Franklin Street

  • 0 block of West Franklin Street

  • 200 block of Jonathan Street

For information, call 301-739-8577, ext. 125.

Fest layout to change

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a new layout for part of the Western Maryland Blues Fest.


The change would mean the Saturday concerts would be in the Central Parking Lot near City Hall rather than at locations on streets around Public Square.

The change will limit the number of street closures, probably decrease set-up costs and solve some logistical problems, city spokeswoman Karen Giffin said.

Sidewalk installation OK'd for Salem Ave.

The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to approve a project installing sidewalks on the south side of Salem Avenue from Key Circle to Broadfording Road.

Buildall Construction Corp. of Hagerstown is being paid $52,282 to build the walk route to Salem Elementary School and Western Heights Middle School.

Irrigation for golf course approved

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a contract for the installation of an irrigation system at Municipal Golf Course.

The $137,275 contract was awarded to TEBCO Irrigation of Upper Marlboro, Md.

Contract awarded for work on display

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday awarded a $15,156 contract for work involved with expanding a train display at City Park.

The contract with Digging and Rigging Inc. of Mt. Airy, Md., calls for moving some of the train cars on display.

The council previously approved in concept expansion of the train display, said Director of Administrative Services John Budesky.

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

The $50,000 in contributions from Long, along with his volunteer hours and thousands of artifacts and railroad memorabilia, are making the expansion happen.

Long's donated money is paying for the contract work. The project would use no taxpayer dollars, Budesky said.

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.

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