Hagerstown City Council briefs

November 02, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Council postpones hospital discussion

Hagerstown City Council members agreed Tuesday to postpone for one week a planned discussion about a sewage agreement for Washington County Hospital.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh - who didn't attend Tuesday's meeting because her mother died Sunday - left word with Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer that she wanted to take part in the discussion.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner suggested hearing a presentation on the sewage plan Tuesday, but waiting one week for council members to ask questions.

However, Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean said Nigh's wishes should be respected and the whole discussion should wait until next Tuesday.

Metzner agreed.

Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook wrote to the city last month proposing a flow transfer agreement. The city would get 150,000 gallons per day of sewer capacity at the county's Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant in return for giving a new hospital the same amount of capacity in the city's system.


Sewage capacity has been one of many issues for Washington County Hospital in its proposed move to Robinwood Drive.

City changes plan for Open Space funding

Hagerstown's planned request for Maryland Program Open Space funding changed Tuesday after City Council members asked to add one project and drop another.

All three projects that were to be part of the application were at Fairgrounds Park.

They were:

$200,000 for replacing the grandstand roof.

$125,000 for lighting and electrical upgrades to a walking trail.

$70,000 for a double tennis court.

But Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean said the city needs to fix and improve the bathrooms at Wheaton Park right away.

Council members Lewis C. Metzner and Kristin B. Aleshire agreed that the bathrooms were a more pressing need than the tennis court.

Aleshire said he's not yet convinced that the concrete slab where the tennis court would go couldn't be used as an outdoor skate park.

City Parks Superintendent Junior Mason said the bathroom work would cost about $75,000.

Council members agreed to put the bathrooms on the list and drop the tennis court.

Aleshire said the state usually only funds one project.

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