Hagerstown briefs

February 21, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Landscaping gets unofficial approval

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unofficially approved spending $54,647 to landscape several traffic islands that lead into the city.

The project would be paid for with capital improvement funds, according to a city memorandum.

If the council endorses the plan, landscaping could begin in April, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

The traffic islands are on North Prospect Street at Pennsylvania Avenue, Eastern Boulevard near Potomac Avenue and the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Wilson Boulevard.

Planter program to be considered

The Hagerstown City Council will consider whether to fund a program that would let residents adopt and maintain flower planters downtown.


Pam Arnold of the Hagerstown Beautification Advisory Committee told the council that the planters would be filled with dirt and delivered to participants. The sponsors then would be responsible for stocking the planters with flowers, she said.

Each planter would be 25 inches by 25 inches and 30 inches tall.

City Planning Director Kathleen Maher suggested in a memorandum to the council that the city shouldn't spend more than $10,000 on the project in the first year.

Bids to be sought to remove mural

Hagerstown Public Works Director Eric Deike said he would start seeking bids from contractors to remove the mural on the side of the Elizabeth Hager Center on North Potomac Street.

Deike on Tuesday told the city council during its work session that the mural is peeling and needs to be removed.

After the work session, he estimated that the project would cost about $6,000.

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