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Hagerstown City Council briefs

October 26, 2005|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

City Council OKs expenditures



As a package, the Hagerstown City Council approved several expenditures Tuesday. They include:

  • $30,000 to buy and install a fountain next year at University Plaza, next to the University System of Maryland building on West Washington Street. The city is buying the fountain from Robinson Iron Corp. of Alexander City, Ala. Sunrise Rotary is donating $15,000 to cover half of the costs.

  • Up to $50,000 to buy and plant about 170 trees throughout the city. Antietam Tree Service of Hagerstown submitted the lowest of five bids in January and will do the work, according to a memo by City Engineer Rodney Tissue. The money will come from forest conservation payments by developers.

  • $18,049 for a 2005 Jeep Liberty for the Water and Sewer Department, replacing an older vehicle that will be kept in the fleet. The city will buy the Jeep from Hertrich Fleet Services of Denton, Md., through a state contract, according to a summary of the agreement.

  • $15,513 to replace two floors at the R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant. Inner Space of Hagerstown will do the work. A summary of the agreement says Inner Space submitted a lower bid than Dorsey Brothers of Hagerstown. Two other bids were disqualified.

  • $65,825 for a portable fire training classroom, replacing an existing classroom that is more than 40 years old. The city will buy the classroom from EMH Environmental in Glenwood, Md. A memo on the agreement says the city will buy the trailer through a Washington County Board of Education contract.

  • $21,160 for a 2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, replacing the fire chief's 1996 Chevrolet Lumina. The city will buy the vehicle from Criswell Chevrolet of Gaithersburg, Md., through a state contract.





Couple gets support for low-interest loan



A couple who plans to buy an East Washington Street building received the city's support on Tuesday to apply to the state for a low-interest loan.

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Daryl and Cynthia Morris are buying 200-202 E. Washington St.

Daryl Morris has said the couple will move New Beginning Salon & Barber Shop, which they own, from 201-203 E. Washington St., across the street into the new building.

They also plan to renovate seven apartments at 200-202 E. Washington St.

The council voted 3-1 to support the application. Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh voted no.




Apartment complex to apply for bonds



Washington Gardens on Tuesday received the Hagers-town City Council's support to apply for $5 million in tax-exempt bonds from the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

A memo on the resolution says Washington Gardens, an apartment complex on Security Road, will use $2.45 million to pay off debt and $2.55 million to finance improvements.

The complex serves low- and limited-income residents.

The City Council voted 3-2 in favor of the request. Council members Penny M. Nigh and Kelly S. Cromer voted no.

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