Hagerstown briefs

April 20, 2005

Council OKs funds for North stadium

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to giving $100,000 over five years to the effort to build a new stadium at North Hagerstown High School.

Officials organizing fund-raising efforts for the new stadium appeared before the council earlier this month, outlining their progress. The group has raised about $1.5 million for the project, which is expected to cost about $2.3 million.

The matter is scheduled for a vote next week, and formally would be included in the city's fiscal 2005-06 budget considerations.

City to give money for roof replacement

The City of Hagerstown would provide $21,500 toward a roof replacement for the Memorial Recreation Center on West North Avenue with an affirmative vote next week.


The City Council gave preliminary approval to the funding request during its Tuesday work session.

The money eventually would come out of federal grants, but because of bureaucratic delays, the money initially will come from the city's taxpayer-supported portion of the budget, City Community Development Manager Larry Bayer said.

Work will close part of Memorial Boulevard

Work planned for East Memorial Boulevard will require a partial closure for two months, city officials said Tuesday.

The repaving project between South Potomac and Frederick streets will force traffic to be detoured, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said during the City Council's Tuesday work session.

Tissue said the planned $295,000 project will resurface that portion of the road. The project is up for approval on next week's City Council voting schedule.

Rezoning request will be reconsidered

A rezoning request in the city's North End that had been withdrawn will be back on the agenda.

A business owner had requested rezoning land near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and South Burhans Boulevard from residential to commercial use. But when another business opportunity came up, the applicant recently backed off the request.

Since then, local developer Vincent Groh has expressed interest in the property and has asked to restart the rezoning process, City Planning Director Kathleen Maher said during the City Council's Tuesday work session.

The City Council has a vote to introduce the matter scheduled for next week.

Mayor questions water system changes

Mayor William M. Breichner had questions Tuesday over proposed changes to a part of the city's water collection system near Smithsburg.

The changes would remove part of a dam in Raven Rock Stream in the city's watershed land near Smithsburg and replace it with a series of smaller structures in order to allow better fish breeding.

During the City Council's Tuesday work session, Breichner questioned whether the new structures would withstand heavy storms.

"Sometimes, these (projects) get done too fast," Breichner said. "I think we need to look at what's being proposed."

The project would be performed by the city, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

- Gregory T. Simmons

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