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July 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: Security lights attached to the press box at the South Hagerstown High School football field are left on during the day.

"What a waste of energy!" Hagerstown resident John L. Ramacciotti wrote in a letter to The Herald-Mail. "I suggest that they be controlled by a photo-electric switch."

Ramacciotti described the lights as "three heavy-duty spotlights, one on the back side and one on each end" of the building, which is north of the school's stadium.

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He said he told a school board member about the issue about four years ago, but nothing was done about it.

Who could fix it: Washington County Public Schools

What they say: Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said the security lights have a dusk-to-dawn sensor and should be turning themselves off during the day, but the sensor is worn out. He said on Thursday that the sensor would be replaced within the next few business days.

--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

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