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Hagerstown briefs

September 26, 2007

City Council orders decorative lighting



The 300 block of North Potomac Street in Hagerstown soon will be lined with decorative lighting.

On Tuesday, the Hagerstown City Council voted to spend $15,080 to purchase 10, 10-foot decorative poles for $729 each, and 10, 150-watt high pressure sodium ornamental fixtures for $779 each.

The money for the purchase will be taken from the Inventory/Pedestrian Lighting fund, according to city documents.

The recommended vendor for the project is HADCO of Littlestown, Pa.




Action on rental provision postponed



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted to table an ordinance that if passed, would have removed the automatic expiration provision of the city's rental facilities ordinance.

As it stands, the automatic expiration provision is set for June 21, 2008, according to city documents.

Some members of the council asked that the ordinance be tabled for further review by the city's legal counsel.




Wastewater treatment plant receives upgrade



The City of Hagerstown will upgrade the disinfecting system at the Wastewater Treatment plant.

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On Tuesday, the City Council voted to replace the ozone gas system that is used to disinfect water with a $788,000 ultraviolet system.

Donald W. Barton, the city's wastewater operations manager, said earlier this week that ultraviolet lamps will be installed at the plant to sterilize bacteria so they can't multiply.

The project will be paid for, in part, using low-interest financing from the state, he said.




City to purchase backup generator



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of a backup generator for the city's Emergency Operations Center and the Hagerstown Fire Department Headquarters.

The generator will be bought for $51,000 from Ellsworth Electric in Hagerstown, according to city documents.

Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said last week that the generator would provide backup power for the entire building.




Council extends fireworks contract



The Hagerstown City Council voted to extend the city's contract with the vendor who provides fireworks for the annual Fourth of July celebration at Fairgrounds Park.

The contract will cost $15,000 a year from 2009-11, according to city documents.

Fireworks Production Inc. of Maryland Line, Md., is the vendor.




Fuel island to be reconstructed



The City of Hagerstown will spend about $211,000 to reconstruct the city's fuel island at the Public Works Department on Memorial Boulevard.

The City Council on Tuesday voted to appropriate $210,930 to purchase the underground tanks and dispensing units.

City records show the equipment will be installed to meet Maryland Department of the Environment regulations.

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