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August 14, 2011
  • Tall weeds are shown in the median island at the intersection of Wayne and Glenwood avenues in Hagerstown's North End. Hagerstown Public Works Manager Eric Deike said the weed problem would be dealt with Aug. 11.
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The problem: A median island at the intersection of Wayne and Glenwood avenues in Hagerstown’s North End was allowed to become overgrown with tall weeds.

A nearby resident who wrote in about the problem said the island previously was landscaped with various plants and shrubs, but this year those plants were removed and replaced with mulch.

“As the pictures show, the island is now covered with weeds that are over two feet tall and this has become an eyesore to the neighborhood,” she wrote. “All the other islands in the city are planted beautifully and well maintained. Why has the city ignored this one?”

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown Public Works Department

What they say: Contacted about the problem Wednesday, Hagerstown Public Works Manager Eric Deike said the weed problem would be addressed the next day.

Deike said the island was built by a developer many years ago and had fallen into a state of disrepair.

“The city’s engineering department decided to address the island and take over maintenance as part of the street overlay program,” Deike wrote in an email. “Brick pillars and the existing landscaping was removed. Mulch was placed as a temporary measure, as it was too late in the growing season to plant new landscaping.”
Deike said new landscaping would be planted this fall or next spring.

 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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:
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c/o The Herald-Mail newsroom
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Hagerstown MD 21740
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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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