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Hagerstown Council votes to help fund sewer line for hospital

October 29, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to help fund the construction of a sewer line that will serve the Washington County Medical Center.

The Washington County Hospital Association will share the cost.

After Tuesday's meeting, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the city would be responsible for purchasing some of the pipe and acquiring a small amount of land on which to build the sewer line.

Although neither party knows exactly how much they will have to pay, Metzner said, the city's share likely would be about $160,000.

"It will be several hundred thousand (dollars), rather than several million," Metzner said.

Last month, the council discussed a proposal from hospital officials that would have committed the city to paying an undisclosed amount of money for the project. The members of the council rejected the proposal, saying it left out too much information - particularly the city's financial obligation. The proposal was redrafted this month.

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Councilman Martin E. Brubaker said the city would know more about its financial commitment when the bids come in.

City Utilities Director Michael Spiker said last week that the bids could be submitted this fall, and construction could start in the winter.

The project includes the construction of a 600,000-gallon-per-day pump station at the end of Conrad Court and nearly one mile of sewer line along Antietam Creek, according to city documents. The hospital would be responsible for paying the engineering and construction costs, among other things.

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