City to hear from public today on West End blasting

October 10, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown city officials will hold a public meeting this afternoon to discuss blasting procedures associated with the construction of a water tank on the city's West End.

City Utilities Director Michael Spiker said city officials and the project's engineers will meet with concerned residents at 5 p.m. at the end of Rock Willow Avenue, just north of U.S. 40 - the site of the tank's construction.

The project involves building a covered 6.4 million gallon concrete water tank to replace the existing West End reservoir, which is outdated and beyond reasonable repair, Spiker wrote in a city memorandum.

He said the tank has to be finished by April 2009 to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, which requires covers on all water reservoirs.


Construction on the $6.4 million project began last month on about 21 acres of public property, and should be finished in October 2008, the memorandum said.

Financing was approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works in August.

Spiker said a second phase of the project involves building another West End water tank in the footprint of the existing reservoir.

The size of the second tank hasn't been determined, he said.

Spiker said he would come back to the council when more information on the second tank becomes available.

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