What the city wants

May 06, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

The list of requests Hagerstown city officials presented to Washington County Health System administrators Monday include:

  • Acquiring proper zoning for the site where the hospital would go before it could be annexed into the city.

  • Providing a space near the current hospital site for a new urgent care center, similar to one at Robinwood Medical Center.

  • Planning for, and possibly paying for a bridge over Antietam Creek that would serve as a second access point to the proposed hospital site.

  • Paying for all new water and sewer utility connections to the city's system with no provisions to transfer the connections from the current site.

  • Making a one-time payment to Community Rescue Service of $150,000 to help pay for a new substation in downtown Hagerstown for the ambulance service, and annual payments of $50,000 to help support it.

  • Working with St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown to purchase property on North Prospect Street and demolish it to make room for a parking lot for the H.W. Murphy Community Health Center at Walnut Street, which the health system operates.

  • Paying the city $350,000 a year for city services such as fire and police protection.

  • Donating $50,000 a year toward a faith-based program for senior citizens.

  • Ensuring that service provided by the Community Free Clinic is maintained.

  • Paying for transportation for those not able to get to the new hospital site.

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