Hagerstown Council briefs

May 18, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Keller Williams Premier Realty thanked for help with garden

City officials thanked Keller Williams Premier Realty on Tuesday for helping with Hagerstown's new community garden at Hager Park.

On Thursday, agents from the company volunteered their time to plant seedlings. They also raised $500 for the garden this month through two yard sales, according to a city news release.

Week recognized as Bike to Work Week

Bike to Work Week is being observed in Hagerstown from May 17 to 21.

Friday is Bike to Work Day.

At Tuesday's city council meeting, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II read aloud a proclamation urging motorists to share the road and encouraging people to use the city's bicycle routes.

The city has made bike riding a focus through a new master plan, which calls for designated bicycle lanes in some places and, in other places, roads shared by bikes and motor vehicles.


Four historic preservation awards given out

The city on Tuesday gave out four historic preservation awards for properties that have been renovated and restored.

Two are on South Prospect Street. The others are on South Potomac and North Potomac streets.

May is National Preservation Month.

City considers request to name alley near Krumpe's Do-Nut Shop

The city has been asked to name an alley in honor of Krumpe's Do-Nut Shop, which is at 912 Maryland Ave.

Rudolph and Fred Krumpe sent the request, along with a petition signed by 15 people.

The alley near the shop would be called "Do-Nut Alley."

The city council is scheduled to vote on the request next week.

Graduates of citizen's police academy recognized

Graduates of Hagerstown's citizens police academy received certificates and congratulations at Tuesday's city council meeting.

Officer Gerard Kendle said there were 18 graduates this time, the academy's third class.

Police Chief Arthur Smith said it's good to see citizens interested in learning about their local government and police department.

City using state prisoners to help with maintenance

The city has begun using state prisoners to help with maintenance.

A memo by Eric Deike, the city's public works manager, says the city talked to Maryland Correctional Training Center, whose inmates already help state, county and municipal workers.

Gary D. Maynard, Maryland's secretary of public safety and correctional services, has said several times that he wants more governments to ask the state for free inmate labor.

"This is a new program for the City of Hagerstown," Deike's memo says. "Staff is willing to try this program in our continuing effort to save money and provide the services that the citizens have come to expect."

The city council is scheduled to formally vote next week on an agreement with MCTC.

City secures $100,000 grant for North Potomac Street renovation

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Tuesday that Hagerstown could either spend less than expected on a North Potomac Street renovation project or do more work.

The city secured a $100,000 Maryland Heritage Area grant. The grant requires a 100 percent match, for which the city would use state aid and a Community Development Block Grant.

Actually, a total of $211,527 is available, Tissue wrote in a memo.

The low bid for the project was $133,720, from Concrete Central of Hagerstown, the memo says.

The work could include repaving the street to match the first block of South Potomac Street and installing similar pavement art.

Barbara Ingram School for the Arts students will be asked for their ideas.

The city either could stick to the bid amount or do more work to increase the cost to at least $200,000, Tissue said Tuesday.

Councilman Martin E. Brubaker said the city should take advantage of the opportunity and use all of the money.

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