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Hagerstown briefs

December 15, 2004

City, Bowman agree on parking deck costs


The Hagerstown City Council voted 4-1 to approve an agreement between the city and Bowman Development Corp. The agreement sets new terms for who will pay for problems that developed with the city's plans for a parking deck.

Construction officials detailed the problems last week, saying that the ground where the deck would stand is too soft for a less costly construction option.

According to the agreement, the associated cost increase is about $500,000, bringing the total cost of the deck to about $3 million, most of which is being paid by the city.

Of the new costs, the city will pay $200,000, the county is expected to pay $300,000, and any increases up to $100,000 will be covered by Bowman. The city is responsible for any other increases, although they are not expected.

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Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh voted against the agreement.




Water main to be back in use today


City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said Tuesday that the large water main that burst Dec. 3 has been fixed and would be back in use by today.

The main was one of two 24-inch-wide pipes that runs from the city's R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant, which draws water from Conococheague Creek in Williamsport.

The city was able to resume regular water service within hours after the break, but the line was difficult to repair, Zimmerman said during Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting. He commended the employees who worked to repair the line.

- Gregory T. Simmons

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