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June 06, 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.

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The problem: A historic springhouse in Hagerstown's Staley Park was filled with muck, trash and debris.

The small block building, in a playground area near the park's ball fields, bears a sign that reads "The First Eldridge Dairy Co." While the entrance is blocked with metal bars, the inside is visible through the bars.

"If the inside of this little building is to be viewed by the public, it should at least be cleaned up and look reasonably clean," Thurston Faulder of Boonsboro wrote in an e-mail.

Faulder called the trash and muck "not a pretty sight."

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Department

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What they say: Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Superintendent Junior Mason said the city tries to remove trash from the building at least once a week.

"Unfortunately, even though we have gates, and they're locked and try to keep people out of there, kids and so forth throw their trash in there," Mason said. "We get it as much as we can, and maybe sometimes not as much as we could, but we try."

He said Thursday afternoon that he would take care of the trash on Friday.

Mason said the water and muck are hard to control. As a springhouse once used to keep dairy products cool, the building was designed to be damp inside, he said.

--Compiled by Heather Keels

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