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Heating and air-conditioning contract OK'd for arts center

July 15, 2010|By DON AINES

HANCOCK --A heating and air-conditioning contract for what will become Hancock's community performing arts center was approved Wednesday night by the Town Council.

The council approved the low bid of $14,100 by Rolen Heating & Air Conditioning of Beltsville, Md., to install a new heating and air-conditioning system for the gymnasium in the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center. The system should be installed by fall, Town Manager David Smith said.

The gymnasium also serves as the council chambers, but Smith said the space, which already includes a stage from when the building was a school, will be getting a $110,000 facelift. That will include new lighting and sound systems, new seating and other improvements, he said.

The project is being paid for with a combination of grants and funding from the Washington County Commissioners and Community Partnership of Washington County, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the town, Smith said.

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"There'll be air conditioning in here by winter," Mayor Daniel Murphy said.

Smith also announced the town has been approved for a $24,000 state grant to renovate the playground adjacent to the Town Hall and Community Center. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Community Parks and Playgrounds grant will pay for most of the $27,500 project, which also is scheduled for fall, Smith said.

The new playscape will be geared for children ages 2 to 12, Smith said. The playground's biggest user is a day care center that brings 30 or more children two to three times a week, he said.

The town will not receive a $50,000 grant it applied for to make improvements to the Hancock Visitors Center, Smith said. The town unsuccessfully applied for a grant through the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, he said.

"We're going to look other places for the money," Smith said.

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