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Hagerstown briefs

January 09, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Donation of statue for park entrance discussed



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday discussed accepting a statue from the Hagerstown Garden Club to install at the entrance of City Park.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the statue, which depicts Greek muses, is valued at more than $60,000. The cost to install the statue would be about $53,000, he said.

The council directed Tissue to explore possible funding sources for the project.

If the statue is installed, representatives of the garden club told the council they would landscape the area as long as the cost doesn't exceed $4,000.




City gives unofficial approval to hiring of lobbyist



The City of Hagerstown gave its unofficial approval to appropriate $3,000 to hire a lobbyist to represent the city and other members of the Washington County Community Lobbying Coalition at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis.

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The coalition pools its resources to hire the lobbyist. Other members of the coalition include the Washington County Board of Education and Washington County Free Library.

Brien J. Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, said the group as a whole has committed more than $30,000 to hire the lobbyist.




Rod and Gun Club, Ruritan get nod for carnival



The Funkstown Rod and Gun Club Inc. and the Downsville Ruritan Club were given permission by the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday to hold a carnival from April 25 to May 3 in the city-owned vacant lot at the corner of South Potomac Street and Memorial Boulevard.

The carnival is held every year as a fundraising event for the organizations.




Council OKs razing buildings behind Alms House



The Hagerstown Public Works Department was given consent by the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday to demolish two buildings behind the Alms House on North Locust Street.

Public Works Director Eric Deike said the project, which includes the installation of a fence to the rear of the property, will cost about $21,729.

Deike said after the council meeting that he would like to get started in about two weeks. The project should take about two weeks to finish, he said.

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