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Hagerstown City Council briefs

September 21, 2012

Permanent seating at City Park band shell discussed

The city of Hagerstown is considering installing permanent seating at the Peter Buys Band Shell at City Park.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue presented initial plans Tuesday to the Hagerstown City Council, saying a permanent seating option at the band shell would be a nice addition to the park.

“Basically, they would be a series of concrete bands with wooden benches sitting on top of them,” he said. “This would hold maybe 200 patrons of the band shell.”

The green wooden benches there now have the capacity for about 300 to 400 people, Tissue said. Space still would be available for those who wish to sit on chairs or blankets, he said.

Permanent seating would alleviate maintenance issues related to the wooden benches, said Tissue, who referred to the need to move the benches for mowing as well as vandalism and theft.

Tissue said he reviewed the idea with officials of the Hagerstown Municipal Band and Western Maryland Blues Fest, who both were in favor of the idea.

The council suggested looking into composite material rather than wood for the benches when further plans are developed.

The plan would be to come up with a final design and implement it next year, Tissue said.



Trash day change eyed for some North End residents

An imbalance in the amount of trash and recyclables collected at some Hagerstown residences has spurred city officials to look at modifying its pickup schedule starting Oct. 1.

“No one’s service would change, but I believe it’s 500 residents would have to shift from a Thursday morning collection to a Wednesday morning collection,” City Engineer Rodney Tissue told the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday. “Their service would stay identical. They would just have to change their day.”

Waste Management, which handles the city’s trash pickup, has determined that one collection zone would need to be altered, Tissue said.

Tissue said Zone C, which is collected Wednesday morning, has produced an average of 25 tons of trash, seven tons of recyclables and four tons of yard waste, while Zone D, which is collected Thursday morning, has averaged 48 tons of trash, 12 tons of recyclables, and 10 tons of yard waste.

The streets affected by the change include North Potomac Street (northbound from 300 N. Potomac St.), all streets west of Potomac Avenue that are considered in Zone D and a portion of Cortland Park that has city pickup.

Tissue said the plan is to go door to door to inform residents of the change and why it is needed.

City staff also recommend extending the yard waste collection program through December and begin the program the first full week of March, Tissue said.

The only months without yard waste pickup would be January and February.

The average cost of extending the service is about $10,000, which will be paid for by rebates the city has received from Waste Management due to high recycling volumes, Tissue said.

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