Hancock briefs

April 10, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Swimming pool might open late this year

HANCOCK - Hancock's swimming pool might not be repaired in time for its usual Memorial Day opening, town officials said Wednesday.

The fiberglass coating that put on top of the concrete pool several years ago has failed beyond simple repair, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.

Officials are waiting to learn whether repairs are covered by the town's insurance policy, Murphy said. If the repairs are covered, the pool should be able to open by Memorial Day, but if not, they could take longer, he said.


The town is recruiting lifeguards and other pool staff with a Memorial Day opening in mind, Town Manager David Smith said.

Police vehicle sold for parts for $1,500

HANCOCK - A wrecked police vehicle brought in more than $1,500 for the town after Town Manager David Smith sold it for parts on eBay, Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.

The Chevrolet Blazer with four-wheel drive was originally bought through Army surplus and was used by the police in inclement weather until it rolled over in an accident, Murphy said.

Officials had been told the wrecked vehicle was worth no more than $300, he said.

Parking, bike ramp planned near rail trail

HANCOCK - Hancock officials plan to build a parking area and bike ramp in Joseph Hancock Jr. Park at the entrance to the Western Maryland Rail Trail, Town Manager David Smith said Wednesday.

The project will be funded through grants from Program Open Space and a Recreational Trails grant from the Maryland State Highway Administration, Smith said. It will include parking for 15 vehicles and a bicycle rack donated by the C&O Bicycle shop, he said.

Park almost ready for ballfields again

HANCOCK - After being out of service for three years, ballfields might soon return to Kirkwood Park in Hancock, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said Wednesday.

The park's fields, which were flooded during Hurricane Ivan, will be available for practice this year and open for games beginning next year, he said. There will be two baseball fields on the upper portion of the park and a T-ball field and a soccer field in the lower portion, he said.

Unused cameras need controllers

HANCOCK - Five state-of-the-art security cameras the town of Hancock purchased five years ago were never installed because the town does not have the necessary controllers, Town Manager David Smith said Wednesday.

The cameras do not work without the controllers, which are expensive, Smith said. The town plans to sell some or all of the cameras in order to afford a few complete, functioning camera systems, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.

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