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Hagerstown City Council briefs

May 28, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

Council introduces new stormwater management rules



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday introduced a replacement stormwater management ordinance to meet new state mandates.

The new requirements, which will increase costs for developers and home builders, are designed to improve flood control and to promote water quality through downstream erosion control.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the mandate requires developers to use environmentally sensitive design methods that replace large stormwater retention ponds with several smaller treatment facilities.

"The idea is that clean water will be released into the ground by way of these treatment facilities, minimizing the impact of a development's runoff on the quality of water," Tissue said.

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The introduction of the ordinance passed 4-1 with Councilman William Breichner voting against it. Breichner said he is concerned about the state imposing an unfunded mandate.

The council will vote on the ordinance at its June 22 meeting, City Clerk Donna Spickler said.

City Council OKs using inmates for labor



The Hagerstown City Council approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with the Maryland Division of Correction to use inmates for unskilled and semi-skilled labor.

No discussion proceeded the vote.

According to the memo, inmates will perform duties including litter pick-up, hand mowing, landscaping, and building and grounds maintenance.

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