Hagerstown briefs

July 13, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Council OKs hikes in water, sewer hookup

In a special voting session, the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved by a 5-0 vote an increase in hookup fees to the city's water and sewer system.

The vote hikes a series of water- and sewer-system related fees, which city officials believed were too low to pay for the cost of system extensions for new buildings.

The fees will affect costs related to new homes and also would increase annual fees for commercial customers who have their own fire suppression lines, and quarterly fees for homes that need added sewer pumping pressure.

For a new home built inside city limits that connects to both the water and sewer system, the cost will rise from about $2,100 in so-called benefit charges - one-time charges to connect to the system - to about $6,900.


Homes built outside city limits will face higher charges.

The changes will take effect Aug. 11, according to city information.

Tissue outlines plans for 'major project'

Hagerstown City Engineer Rodney Tissue on Tuesday outlined plans for a "major project" that will take place along Jonathan Street, including burying electric lines, repairing water and sewer lines and repaving the roadway.

Tissue received approval from the City Council to move ahead with selecting a contractor to design the project. Tissue said one of three companies likely will be chosen by the end of the month.

The companies are Rummel, Klepper & Kahl of Baltimore; Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson of Sparks, Md.; and KCI Technologies of Hunt Valley, Md.

Tissue said he will begin setting up community meetings soon to discuss the design of the project He said the final cost of the project could be between $4 million and $5 million, and will take eight to 12 months to complete.

He said the project could begin as soon as fall 2006.

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