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April 11, 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: The roof of the grandstand at Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park is damaged.

In an e-mail, a Hagerstown resident noted the damage had been there for several months.

"Is it the intention of the city to let it deteriorate to the point where it cannot be repaired, thus requiring the structure to be torn down completely?" the resident wrote.

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown

What they say: City engineer Rodney Tissue said he expected the roof to be repaired within the next few weeks.

He said the roof was damaged in a Jan. 25 storm and, because the roofing material is under warranty from the supplier, Firestone Building Products, the city had to wait until the company could examine the damage.

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"We basically had to file a claim with the manufacturer," Tissue said. "Those things take some time to get worked out."

Tissue said last Tuesday that the loose roofing material would be removed within a few days, but the rest of the repair would depend on Firestone's schedule.

He said he anticipated the repairs would be made at no cost.

--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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