Hagerstown City Council briefs

January 21, 2004|By GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Skateboarding area has successful year

Hagerstown's skateboarding area attracted 619 skaters last year, and city officials said that is a good reason to offer a new agreement for up to three years to the group that has been running the area, according to a report presented at the City Council's Tuesday night work session.

The Skateboard Association of Southern Pennsylvania has been running the Skate Park at Fairgrounds Park since Sept. 7, 2003. The group took in $4,663 in admission costs, rentals and concessions. The money was given to the city.

The park was open Sundays in September and Saturdays and Sundays in October and November, according to city information.

City officials have offered an agreement to the Pennsylvania group under which the group would not pay rent and would be allowed to continue selling food and merchandise. Drink sales must be confined to Coca-Cola products.

The agreement also would cover insurance liability and park maintenance. The city would reserve the right to appoint a member to the skateboard association's park management team.


Airport company, city agree on water line

Aircraft maintenance company Aviation Resources Delaware Inc. and Hagerstown officials are finalizing a deal that would bring a new 10-inch water line to Hagerstown Regional Airport for use by the company for firefighting.

The city also would build a water storage tank that would serve community purposes as well, according to a version of the deal presented at the Hagerstown City Council's Tuesday night meeting.

City Water and Sewer Department Manager David Shindle said Tuesday night that the project would cost a total of about $300,000.

The company wanted to build its own tank, but city officials said they planned to build another tank in the area north of Hagerstown, according to the report. The deal would help defray costs, officials said.

The contract is scheduled for a vote at next week's regular session.

City services gives high marks in report

Hagerstown City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman presented a favorable report on city services at the City Council's Tuesday night work session, saying, "We have accomplished a great deal over the past 10 years."

Zimmerman said several sections of the city that 10 years ago were vacant and blighted have been turned into useful and prosperous areas, such as Public Square and Fairgrounds Park.

Zimmerman's report also praised the city's departments and programs, and he said city workers were working harder.

"We actually have fewer staff in our non-police and -fire operations than we had 10 years ago," but "we have a good municipal operation," Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman's report listed future challenges to the city's vitality, such as crime, property maintenance and budget constraints.

Councilman Kristin Aleshire said the report represented a good "to-do" list for the city.

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