Hagerstown briefs

April 28, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Money for security cameras approved

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday night approved spending $105,000 in grant money to install new security cameras in downtown Hagerstown.The camera system, approved as part of a consent agenda item during the council's voting session, would be managed by the Hagerstown Police Department and would be similar to one installed more than a year ago along Jonathan Street to aid in fighting on-street drug dealing and other crimes.

Several items previously discussed by the council are grouped together in the consent agenda. The City Council passes all items in the consent agenda in a single vote, and generally does not discuss individual items during a voting session.

One difference between the new 12-camera system and the Jonathan Street system is that the new system would be wireless, allowing for easier transfer and addition of cameras, City Police Chief Arthur Smith said last week.

The contract was awarded to Simplex Grinell, a Hagerstown company.

City OKs spending $494,000 on park

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday night approved spending $494,000 to rehabilitate lake walls and landscaping at City Park, work that will require the upper lake to be drained for much of the year.

The contract was awarded to GRC General Contractors Inc. of Zullinger, Pa. The item, passed during Tuesday's voting session, was part of a consent agenda.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue has said the park's upper lake would be drained about 2 feet, requiring most of the carp living there to be taken to other places such as golf course ponds. He said the project likely would begin after Blues Fest, which is the first weekend in June, and probably would not be completed until December.

Boonsboro company wins road contract

A Boonsboro company was awarded a road construction contract estimated to be worth more than $192,000 during the Hagerstown City Council's Tuesday voting session.

David M. Merchant Inc. was awarded the contract for repairing roadways, driveways and sidewalks in connection with utility work through the city Water and Sewer Department.

City Council approves tower

The Hagerstown City Council approved a resolution to allow a Virginia company to lease land at Hagerstown Business Park, where the company intends to build a 150-foot tall cellular tower.

The measure passed at Tuesday's voting session without opposition.

According to the agreement, the lease is for up to 40 years but Shenandoah Mobile Co., or Shentel, can opt out earlier.

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