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Fence around former Hagerstown light plant expected to be built today

June 18, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved spending $22,471 to build a chain-link fence around the former Municipal Electric Light Plant at 600 S. Cannon Ave.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said after Tuesday's council meeting that the fence should be installed Wednesday, and the bill will be sent to the property owner, Partners Marketing LLP of Staunton, Va.

The city intends to put a lien on the property if Partners Marketing LLP doesn't pay the bill, Zimmerman said.

"The fence is an early step to protect public safety," Zimmerman said. "It's not intended to be a permanent solution."

In May, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the building eventually would have to be demolished. For now, however, the fence will act as a deterrent to prevent people from entering the former light plant, which is abandoned and contains asbestos, he said.

The fence will be 8 feet high with barbed wire along the top, Chief Code Compliance Officer John Lestitian has said.

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Long Fence of Ijamsville, Md., was awarded the contract after submitting the lowest of five bids. Other bids were submitted by Tri-State Fence & Lawn of Williamsport for $26,975; Abell Fence of Leola, Pa., for $27,200; Frederick Fence Co. of Frederick, Md., for $36,373; and Horst Fence Co. of Hagerstown for $37,500.

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