Hagerstown briefs

August 10, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

City OKs plan to limit sewer connections

The Hagerstown City Council adopted a plan Tuesday that limits the number of buildings that can connect to the city's sewer system.

The Maryland Department of the Environment and the city entered into a legally binding agreement in January, which required the city to develop a plan that would limit the amount of sewage connections to the city's system. The city approved a plan in June.

During a special voting session, the council voted unanimously to approve the Sewer Capacity Allocation Program after agreeing to make some changes last week at the request of the MDE.

The plan limits the city to allocate no more than 120,000 gallons of annual sewer capacity this year, or the equivalent of 600 homes. The city is allowed to ask for modifications to the plan in January.


Aleshire wants city to pursue program

The city should pursue participation in a state program designed to aid economic development, City Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire said.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Priority Places program, started last year, bundles state agencies' help to improve communities, and is similar to former Gov. Parris N. Glendening's Smart Growth program.

During Tuesday's City Council work session, Aleshire said he took part in a meeting last week on the proposed East End Development project, a multimillion-dollar plan that would replace Municipal Stadium, add housing and beef up business.

Aleshire said that while he's not convinced that specific project should be included in the Priority Places application, the state program would benefit the city.

Council hears bid from softball group

The Hagerstown City Council gave preliminary approval to an interest-free, $26,915 loan request from one of the most popular organizations to use Fairgrounds Park.

The Hagerstown Area Softball Association has requested the loan to build an additional fence. The fence would be owned by the city once completed and would provide added safety for park patrons. The softball organization is paying off another loan to the city for a concession stand and equipment.

Council members Lewis C. Metzner, Kristin B. Aleshire and Alesia Parson-McBean said they favored the request, but Penny M. Nigh and Kelly S. Cromer said they would oppose it.

Six city employees honored at meeting

Six city employees were recognized Tuesday for excellence and given the city's High Performance Employee award.

Michael McAllister, a Hagerstown Light Department employee, was recognized for beyond-the-call-of-duty actions when he helped to identify a hit-and-run driver.

Engineering and Inspections department employees Mike Heyser, Gary Pryor, Blaine Mowen, John Shank and Mary Reichert were recognized for their work to process the sharply increasing number of permits.

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