Hagerstown City Council briefs

December 10, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Council members note death of city employee

During Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council work session, Councilwoman Carol Moller said she will miss Kevin William Chung, a city employee who died last week.

"He was greatly loved and he was so nice," Moller said.

Councilman N. Linn Hendershot made similar remarks about liking and missing Chung, who was a mail carrier employed by the city.

Jonathan Street improvements OK'd

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave general approval to a proposal to make improvements along Jonathan Street from Church Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue estimated the total project cost would be about $1.18 million.

"I have mixed emotions that we have to do it, given the financial constraints," Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said. But he said he supports the improvements because they would help the community.


Water mains have broken over the past several years in the Jonathan Street portion, Tissue said.

Tissue suggested Tuesday that the city replace sections of the waterline and the storm drain box culvert. The sanitary sewer and the gas main also need to be replaced, he said.

Tissue said he thinks the city should consider conducting a Streetscape Project on Jonathan Street, meaning the city also would widen the sidewalk and plant trees,.

It makes sense to make those improvements while the city is "tearing up" the street to improve the utilities, he said.

Tissue said he would expect the improvements to be made in the summer of 2005.

Portions of Jonathan Street would have to be closed temporarily, disrupting traffic, he said.

Park Christmas tree lighting delayed

Due to a rainstorm expected tonight, the City of Hagerstown is delaying until Friday the lighting of the Christmas tree at City Park, city spokeswoman Karen Giffin told the Hagerstown City Council Tuesday.

The event was postponed from last Friday to today due to last Friday's snowstorm.

Giffin joked about how this and other city events have fallen victim to bad weather this year, suggesting aloud that cities with drought problems should call her.

A remembrance service at Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac Street, and candlelight walk to City Park have not been postponed, she said. Those events, which are scheduled for tonight, are put on by the cemetery, she said.

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