Hagerstown briefs

October 19, 2005|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

Water, sewer rates to change Nov. 25

City of Hagerstown water and sewer customers, inside the city's limits and outside, can expect to see changes to their rates starting Nov. 25.

The City Council agreed during its work session Tuesday to send ordinances changing those rates to their regular session next week for adoption.

Residents will begin to see the changes in bills they receive starting Dec. 1.

The council passed the ordinances on without comment, indicating both measures will be approved Oct. 25. As part of the changes, in-city water rates will stay the same, but residents living outside the city can expect to pay about 111 percent more, or slightly twice what residents inside the city pay for water. Out-of-city customers now pay about 50 percent more for their water.

Residents living outside the city's limits also can expect to pay about 65 percent more for their sewer usage than those in the city. The measures are being proposed to make up for gaps in the city's water and sewer rates as revealed by a consultant who studied the issue for the city.


If adopted next week, the new rate structure would mean the following changes for the average residential user (13,000 gallons per quarter):

  • Water rates for residents living inside the city would increase from $18.85 to $20.17.

  • Water rates for residents living outside the city would increase from $28.21 to $42.51.

  • Sewer rates for residents living inside the city would increase from $44.46 to $48.67.

  • Sewer rates for residents living outside the city would increase from $73.32 to $79.82.

Proclamations honor military duty, CASA

Hagerstown Mayor Richard F. Trump presented a proclamation during the Mayor and City Council work session Tuesday afternoon to Moses Norris Jr., a grounds caretaker with the city's parks and recreation department, for his military service. Norris, a sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserve assigned to the 729th Support Battalion of the 29th Infantry, was dispatched April 13 to Mosul, Iraq, and from there to Baghdad on June 30. On leave until Oct. 24, Norris is scheduled to be dispatched to Kuwait, where he will serve until February or March 2006.

Tom Kline, president of the AFCSME 1540 union, also commended Norris and, on behalf of the union, presented Norris with a plaque commemorating his service to the military.

Trump also presented a proclamation to CASA Inc. of Hagerstown for its efforts in protecting victims of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Washington County Sheriff's Office Capt. Doug Mullendore, also a board member with CASA, said the organization also seeks to help protect children of domestic violence.

"We need to end the cycle of violence in order to stop domestic violence," he said.

Developer's sewer allocations on hold

The developer of Collegiate Acres, a proposed development of 22 town houses and three single-family homes between Salem Avenue/Md. 58 and Maugansville Road, will have to wait at least seven months to claim the 91 sewer allocation units it was granted Aug. 30.

As part of the plans, the developer was given approval to implement a sewer infrastructure plan that would tie the development into the city's sewer plant, City Planning Director Kathleen A. Maher said. The city and county are exploring whether an alternate system can be devised that would send the development's sewage to the county's sewer plant instead.

The city is projecting a study period of at least four or five months, followed by another three or four months for the developer to seek bids for construction of the alternate sewer plan. As part of the city's Sewer Capacity Allocation Program, developers have up to a year from when they are awarded their allocation to obtain building permits.

That deadline would have expired for Collegiate Acres on Aug. 30, 2006. The study and bidding process would put the developers past that deadline, so at Maher's suggestion, the City Council supported a city request to extend the deadline until Dec. 31, 2007.

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