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Hagerstown City Council to vote on downtown sidewalk project

October 17, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - A $455,000 project to widen the sidewalks in the first block of South Potomac Street is to be voted on next week by the Hagerstown City Council.

After a brief debate Tuesday, the council took a straw poll that showed the proposal had enough support to be put on next week's agenda for a vote.

Only Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh refused to give her support, saying the money could be put to better use improving neighborhoods.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue told the council that the project involves widening both sides of the sidewalk on South Potomac Street from about mid-block to Antietam Street.

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The existing parking spaces would be removed, he said.

Other parts of the project include laying brick sidewalks from Public Square to Antietam Street and replacing the Bradford Pear trees with Zelkovas, a tree in the elm family.

Milton Stamper Builders of Hagerstown submitted the lowest bid of $425,823, but the city has $455,000 budgeted to complete the project, Tissue said.

Bond financing would account for $235,000 of the cost, he said. The remaining $220,000 would come from state grants and private donations.

According to city documents, the project is being considered to beautify downtown.

Tissue said if the council approves, work could start as soon as the first week of November and, weather permitting, take about three months to complete.

More than likely, work should be finished in the spring, he said.

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