Water department expenses, phone upgrade funds OK'd

May 25, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved almost $463,000 in expenses for the Water and Sewer Department and almost $102,000 to upgrade phone systems.

Most of the eight water and sewer expenses were between $10,000 and $27,000.

They included $16,997 to Ford Hall Co. in Lexington, Ky., to reduce algae buildup and $24,900 to George S. Coyne Chemical Co. of Croydon, Pa., for water treatment chemicals.

The largest water and sewer expense was $330,000 to Black & Veatch of Gaithersburg, Md., for engineering service for a sewer system evaluation survey report, according to a contract summary.

The summary says the city will collect data and do field investigations and Black & Veatch will analyze the results and produce a report. The report is part of a collection system rehabilitation for which $5.4 million is budgeted, the summary says.


The phone system upgrade work will be done by Glessner Communications of Hagerstown for $101,641.

A summary of the contract says the city will upgrade or replace phone systems and centralized voice messaging services for City Hall on East Franklin Street, the fire department headquarters on West Church Street and the public works building on West Memorial Boulevard. Other sites will be incorporated into the system.

Three other companies submitted letters saying they intended to bid, then rescinded their letters, the summary says.

The council unanimously approved all of the water and sewer and phone expenses as part of one motion.

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