Hagerstown briefs

June 02, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Utility work starting on Eastern Boulevard

Utility installation along Eastern Boulevard at Opal Court in Hagerstown will begin tonight, causing some traffic inconveniences, according to a news release from the Hagerstown Engineering Department.

The work will include street digging and installation of sewage pipes, officials said. Work will be done daily between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. until it is complete.

Officials said the contractor is expected to finish Saturday, but the work could continue through next week if problems arise.

Sewage pact OK'd for development

The Hagerstown City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to a sewage system agreement with Washington County to serve about 135 homes near the Fountain Head area.

The agreement covers the 68 acres known as the Halterman Farm between Longmeadow Road and Leitersburg Pike, where developer Dan Ryan Homes plans to build single-family homes, according to city information.


The agreement will cost customers - residents - more than they would have paid had the council made a different decision. But the option will save the developer money by eliminating the need for a sewage pumping station, City Water and Sewer Manager David Shindle said at the council's work session.

The agreement for the city to extend its service into that area of the county is needed before the homes can be built, Shindle said. Under the agreement, the city will process the sewage that is carried through county-owned sewage lines.

Water checks urged on Virginia Avenue

City officials are asking water customers in the area along Virginia Avenue to check their taps for discolored water because of scheduled fire hydrant flushing.

The affected area includes neighborhoods along Virginia Avenue between Halfway and West Wilson boulevards, and along Noland Drive and Moller Avenue, according to a news release.

The water discoloration could affect clothes in washing machines, officials said.

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