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City Council approves issuing $9.9 million in bonds to pay for completion of 21 projects

November 08, 2006|by CANDICE BOSELY

More than $9.9 million in bonds can be issued and sold by the City of Hagerstown to complete 21 projects, including improving the Edgewood Drive/Dual Highway intersection, widening Eastern Boulevard and doing streetscape improvements along Jonathan Street, City Council members unanimously voted Tuesday.

Council members voted on the ordinance without discussing it.

According to a written copy of the 15-page ordinance, the bonds can be issued "in one or more series from time to time," but cannot exceed $9,965,000.

As well as the Edgewood Drive, Eastern Boulevard and Jonathan Street projects, proceeds from the sale would be used for the following:

· To complete annual repaving projects

· For public works vehicles and equipment

· For heating and air conditioning at Market House

· To resurface City Pool

· To renovate the lab at the police department

· To improve the grandstands at the fairgrounds

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· For the parking deck and streetscape in the Arts and Entertainment District downtown

· To add infrastructure to the Centre at Hagerstown

The most funding will be allocated to the Centre at Hagerstown infrastructure, with $2.9 million geared for that project.

As much as $2 million would be used to widen Eastern Boulevard, $1 million would be dedicated to improving the streetscape of Jonathan Street and $1.3 million would be used for various sewer system improvements, according to the written materials.

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