What's wrong with this picture?

October 18, 2009

Editor's note: Each Monday, The Herald-Mail will highlight an infrastructure issue or other problem, and will try to find out what is being done to fix or improve the situation.

We will not tackle situations involving neighborhood or domestic disputes or consumer problems.

The problem: A fire hydrant along Pangborn Boulevard has been bent over since Oct. 11 and had not been repaired as of Friday afternoon.

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown Water Department

What they say: John Rinehart, the city's water distribution foreman, said the hydrant was struck by a vehicle Oct. 11 and as of Thursday, the Water Department was waiting for a police report before addressing the problem.

"We have to go through our process of investigating what we need to do to make the repair," Rinehart said.

He said the other fire hydrants on the street provided plenty of protection for the area in the meantime.


On Friday, the hydrant had been covered with a plastic bag and orange cones had been set up beside it, but Rinehart said he had no updates on the repair schedule.

Following up:

Two men who read last week's item about the overgrown Bachtell cemetery called The Herald-Mail to volunteer to help clean it up.

Dennis Moats, 54, of Hagerstown, said after reading the story on Monday, he went to the cemetery and spent several hours clearing brush with a weed whacker and righting overturned headstones.

"It kind of broke my heart to see an old graveyard like that," said Moats, who said he is out of work and decided to volunteer his time in hopes that others would step up to join him.

Jeremy Baughman, 36, of Hagerstown, also said he would like to help restore the cemetery.

-- Compiled by Heather Keels

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