Hagerstown briefs

August 29, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

Amendment will allow city to license, inspect

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted to introduce an amendment to an ordinance that would allow the city to continue licensing and inspecting residential rental facilities.

Without the amendment, the city's authority to license and inspect residential rental facilities will expire in June 2008.

The council is scheduled to take a final vote on the amendment during a Sept. 25 meeting.

Cost of water tank project increases

A project to relocate the City of Hagerstown's West End water tank will cost an additional $95,588.

The City Council on Tuesday agreed to approve the extra funding, which will be used, in part, to pay for increased inspection services during construction.

The water tank will be moved to the other side of U.S. 40 in the Rock Willow Park area.

The existing 11-million-gallon West End Reservoir, which was built in 1906, has deteriorated beyond repair, according to city documents. In addition, algae grows on the bottom during the summer, and geese frequent the site.


Water quality would improve with the construction of an enclosed tank, documents said.

Hagerstown Utilities Director Mike Spiker said the project would be finished about December 2008.

Committee honors property owners

The Hagerstown Beautification Advisory Committee recognized several property owners Tuesday for keeping their real estate in tip-top shape.

The residential category winners were Frances and Leslie Saunders (North End), Ray and Pat Lushbaugh (East End), Carlton Rowe (South End), and Richard and Diane Herber (West End).

Winning the new development category was Cortland Villas.

Demcore Development won in the commercial architectural category, and the commercial landscaping category was won by The Maryland Theatre.

Council names people to various boards

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday named the following people to serve terms on various boards:

· Rosalind Martin, Hagerstown Housing Authority; term to expire Aug. 30, 2012.

· James Shives and Linda Irvin-Craig, Board of Zoning Appeals; terms to expire April 30, 2010.

· Michael Gehr, Karl Sanford and Vickie Hrabal, Preservation Design District Commission. Gehr's and Sanford's terms will expire June 30, 2010; Hrabal's term will expire June 30, 2009.

· Douglas Wright Jr. and Frederick Nugent, Planning Commission; terms expire May 1, 2012.

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