Hagerstown City Council briefs

November 25, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Police get permission to construct storage building

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave the Hagerstown Police Department permission to spend $10,995 to construct a storage building for shooting materials and other supplies that are used during firearms training.

Hagerstown Police Capt. Charles Summers declined to give the proposed location of the building for security reasons, but said it would be built on watershed property that is owned by the city.

Brothers Construction of Boonsboro submitted the winning bid.

Other bids were submitted by Esh's Storage Barns of Newburg, Pa., for $13,150; Breezy Knoll Structures LLC of Hagerstown for $13,400; and Myers Barn Shop of Knoxville, Md., for $17,784.

Woman hired to assess artifacts collected by Doleman

Mary Beth Corrigan of Kensington, Md., was hired Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council to assess artifacts that one day will be housed in the Doleman Black Heritage Museum.


Corrigan will earn $30,000 to assess the historical significance of the collection and recommend conservation strategies. Of that money, $15,000 will come from a grant and $15,000 will come from the city's General Fund contingency.

The artifacts, which include slave bills of sale and 19th-century quilts, were collected over several decades by former Hagerstown resident Marguerite Doleman, who died in 2000. The family and friends of Doleman are in the process of seeking a site for the museum.

City accepts state grant for plaques

The City of Hagerstown on Tuesday accepted a state grant that will help pay the cost of hanging plaques on the homes of former residents who played a significant role in the Civil War.

The names of the residents and their addresses include:

o 163 S. Prospect St., Rear Adm. Donald Fairfax, named commandant of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1863 and served in that position until the end of the war

o 43 S. Potomac St., Charles MacGill, a surgeon in the Confederate army.

o 525 N. Locust St., Maj. (Bvt. Col.) Edward D. Mobley, an officer in the 7th Maryland Infantry Regiment

o 603 Oak Hill Ave., Edward Kershner, surgeon in the U.S. Navy

o Rochester Parking Lot, Bvt. Brig. Gen. George Bell, courier for Union Gen.-in-Chief Winfield Scott

o 405 N. Potomac St., Col. Henry Kyd Douglas, staff officer for Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

o 148 W. Washington St., James Dixon Roman, coordinated efforts to collect a $20,000 ransom that was levied on Hagerstown by Confederate Gen. John McCausland

o 465 N. Potomac St., John Mutius Gaines, appointed surgeon-in-chief at Williamsport during the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg, Pa.

Funding requests being submitted to Program Open Space

During a Tuesday meeting, the Hagerstown City Council agreed to submit the following funding requests to Program Open Space, a state program that awards grants to improve, among other things, public parks:

o Barrier-free play equipment for Funkhouser Park, $31,500

o Barrier-free play equipment for Hager Park, $31,500

o Fountains for the lake at Pangborn Park, $13,500

o Park benches and picnic tables at City Park, $27,000

o Netting along fairway No. 2 at Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run, $13,500

City Hall closed Thursday and Friday

Hagerstown City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The offices will resume their regular schedule Monday.

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