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Hagerstown City Council briefs

March 27, 2013

City spends nearly $91,000 to partially demolish fire-damaged building

The Hagerstown City Council unanimously approved an emergency procurement ratification Tuesday following the partial demolition of 21 W. Antietam St. last month. 

The city spent $90,417.35 in emergency funds to stabilize the building that was badly damaged in a February fire. The total does not reflect city staff time.

According to a March 15 memo from John Lestitian, the city’s director of community and economic development, to City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman, a structural engineer’s report indicated “imminent collapse” of the five-story building’s top level would remain a threat and city officials negotiated a contract with an area demolition company that worked for two weeks, during which time West Antietam Street, a public alley and neighboring private property were closed, to remove the top level and related debris.

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The demolition was paid out of the Property Abatement Account.

The city took immediate action, according to the memo, as the listed owners of the building were “unresponsive and investigation showed a related bankruptcy filing and foreclosure proceedings.”

According to Maryland Department of Taxation and Assessment records, the property’s owners at the time of the fire were listed as Fulton R. Gordon III and Gloria Mayes of Bethesda, Md.

Gordon later told authorities the building was in foreclosure and therefore the responsibility of PNC Bank.

City officials last week had discussions with PNC about the property’s future.

Lestitian has said he plans to seek full reimbursement from PNC Bank.

City to transfer $50,000 into Revolving Loan Fund

The transfer of $50,000 from the city’s Upper Floor Redevelopment Fund into the Hagerstown Revolving Loan Fund was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

The transfer will allow the city to apply for and receive $100,000 in state funding in the HRLF, which will be loaned to local staircase manufacturer Duvinage upon approval of the company’s loan application.

The state will allow Duvinage’s repayments to revolve in the HRLF for the future needs of future Hagerstown businesses.

The city in October approved a loan-to-grant award of $17,875 to Duvinage, for its business expansion following the acquisition of Ohio company Sharon Stairs, with contingencies including creation of 25 new jobs in two years. The incentive will continue separately, according to a March 15 memo from Economic Development Manager Jill Estavillo to City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.

Councilman Martin E. Brubaker called the transfer a “win-win.”


City to buy two Public Works Dump Trucks

The purchase of two Public Works Dump Trucks totaling $274,248 was approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

The two, single axle, salt spreader and snow plow units replace two 18-year-old GMC Topkick units used for general hauling and snow operations.

The first unit, which will be delivered June 30, will cost $137,124 during fiscal year 2013.

The second unit, which will be delivered on or after July 1, will cost $137,124 during fiscal year 2014.

According to the motion made by Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire both vehicles will be purchased through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Cooperative Purchasing Program known as COSTARS.

— Holly Shok

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