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What's wrong with this picture?

April 04, 2010

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: In an alley that runs between West Baltimore Street and West Lee Street east of Summit Avenue, a drain is set down about 3 inches below the surface of the alley.

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown

What they say: After checking out the drain, Hagerstown Public Works Manager Eric Deike said it could be raised, but he didn't think it was an immediate issue. Deike said it appeared the alley had been partially overlaid sometime in the past eight years and the drain was not raised to the level of the new pavement.

"Typically the issue is, if it's creating a road hazard, we'll make the repair," he said. "Sometimes it's not an issue and most vehicles traveling in the alley will run their wheels on both sides of it."

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-- Compiled by Heather Keels

o If you are aware of a safety problem, a major annoyance or a pet peeve that one of our governmental bodies, an agency or an organization is responsible for fixing, send the information, and a photo if you have it, to:

What's Wrong With This Picture
c/o The Herald-Mail newsroom
100 Summit Ave.
Hagerstown MD 21740

You can e-mail the information to lindad@herald-mail.com">lindad@herald-mail.com.

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