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Hagerstown council briefs

January 13, 2009

Colt League president asks for loan for lights



The president of the Hagerstown Colt League on Tuesday asked the City Council to help fund a proposal to replace the light poles and fixtures at Hellane Park on the city's west end.

The old poles and fixtures were removed last summer because they had deteriorated, city documents show. Estimates to replace the fixtures and poles range from $147,500 to $195,000.

Colt League President Doug Stottlemyer asked whether the city would loan a portion of the money, but he said he didn't know how long it would take to pay it back.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he didn't anticipate that the council would appropriate the money on such short notice.

The council suggested having city staff examine the request and return with a recommendation.

Council considers funding parking study



The Hagerstown City Council is considering helping to fund a study that would address parking needs downtown.

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Shelby Penn of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce's Downtown Task Force offered the council two proposals.

The first proposal would cost about $45,000 to determine, in part, the feasibility of building a third parking deck.

There are two downtown parking decks in the first blocks of North and South Potomac streets.

The second proposal would include "developing a long-range plan for the positioning of deck No. 3 and future decks," city documents show.

Penn said the cost of the second proposal would be about $60,000.

The council agreed to have Penn combine elements of both proposals and come back to the council at a later date.

The proposals would be funded through a public-private partnership, Penn said.

- Dan Dearth

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