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November 09, 2007

Sidewalks issue

Q: "I see where the City's gonna spend - well, we all know it's gonna be twice as much as what they tell us - taxpayers' money on widening sidewalks on South Potomac Street now. So my question is, since sidewalks are basically city property, but they are the responsibility of the owner of the property that they sit in front of, are the property owners gonna have to pay for this, or is the city gonna pay for it? Now when my sidewalk needs fixed or repaired or replaced, I gotta pay for it, so are we setting a precedent now? I'd like to have a answer, because then you're playing favorites if you don't."

A: Downtown business owners will pay a combined total of $35,000 of the project's $455,000 cost, according to city records. State grants of $185,000 and bond financing of $235,000 will pay for the rest.


The City of Hagerstown has a program that helps senior citizens and low- and moderate-income homeowners pay for sidewalk repairs. For information, call 301-739-8577, ext. 134.

Boonsboro library

Q: "Would someone please tell me the hours for the new Boonsboro library?"

A: The new Boonsboro library at 401 Potomac St. is not yet open, but is expected to open in January, according to Town Manager Debra Smith. The library hours will change when the new library opens. Smith said the hours will be extended.

The current library, at 19 N. Main St., is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Deed transactions

Q: "Reading the September deed conveyances in the (Oct. 13) Herald-Mail, I noticed 37 separate conveyances from Magnum Center LLC to DRB Financial Corporation, each one for $1,554,000. That's over $57 million total for the 37 properties. Can anyone tell me what these properties are?"

A: Although property records list the sale price as $1,554,000 for each parcel, that actually was the total price for the 37 parcels, putting the average sale price at $42,000.

The 37 properties were part of the Seneca Ridge development off Maugans Avenue. Magnum Center LLC, which has been putting up single-family homes and town houses, sold the 37 lots to Dan Ryan Builders.

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