Task force to study Hagerstown curb, sidewalk policy

June 09, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown will form a task force to review the municipal policy for replacing curbs and sidewalks.

On Tuesday, the City Council gave City Engineer Rodney Tissue permission to create the task force.

Tissue told the council that the existing policy holds residents responsible for fixing their curbs and sidewalks, which can cost up to $3,000 per repair.

He said the task force would explore ways to improve the policy, possibly by imposing a quarterly fee that would be placed in a communal repair fund.

Paying a little over time, Tissue said, could be better for some residents than paying a large chunk all at once.


Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, who suggested creating the task force earlier this year, said several things would be taken into account, including the age of the resident and his or her ability to pay a quarterly fee.

The task force also would discuss whether to charge a fee to residents who don't have a sidewalk, according to city documents.

Tissue said the task force would consist of residents, a member of the council and city staff.

"We would like to start in July," Tissue said. "I would hope that by the end of the year, we would be back with our findings."

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner, who on June 1 was sworn in to begin his fifth term on the council, said he believed one of the new council members should serve on the task force.

Councilwoman Ashley C. Haywood volunteered.

"The goal is to make it easier for residents," Haywood said. "I think everyone on the council is for that."

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