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Hagerstown Council, hospital officials closer to sewer agreement

October 22, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council and officials from the Washington County Medical Center are one step closer to agreeing on a way to fund the construction of a sewer line that would serve the hospital.

City Utilities Director Michael Spiker said during a council work session on Tuesday that the two parties would wait to commit their share of the funding until contractors submit bids for the project.

Spiker said he didn't know the exact cost of the project, but it probably would be in the "low seven figures." The project involves building a 600,000-gallon-per-day pump station and about 4,567 feet of sewer line, he said.

The sewer line would stretch primarily from Stanford Drive along Antietam Creek to the former Municipal Electric Light Plant, according to city documents. The new pump station would be built near the existing pump station off Conrad Court. The existing pump station would be taken off line and removed, according to documents.

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If everything goes well, bids could be submitted this fall and construction could start in the winter, Spiker said.

The hospital would be in charge of building the sewer line, Spiker said. When the construction is completed, the city would receive a bill for its share of the project.

Spiker said the city would receive revenue from potential customers who tap into the line.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he wanted to make it clear that the city was not trying to make money by building the line.

"Don't think this is some attempt by the city to put lines out there and force (homeowners) to hook on," Metzner said.

The council agreed to vote next week on a memorandum of understanding that would lock the city and the hospital into a cost-sharing agreement.

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