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Waterline brackets deteriorating under Md. 68 bridge in Williamsport

July 08, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — Metal brackets supporting a waterline under the Md. 68 bridge over Conococheague Creek at the edge of Williamsport are deteriorating and would cost an estimated $22,000 to repair, a city official said Monday night during a Williamsport Town Council meeting.

The problem was discovered when a work crew was preparing to paint the bridge, Town Clerk/Treasurer Donnie Stotelmyer said.

He said there are 24 waterline brackets that have been rusting.

“They’re pretty bad,” Stotelmyer told council members.

He said the backup waterline is not being used, and the painting crew has offered to replace the brackets at a cost of $22,000.

Although Williamsport gets its water from Hagerstown, an email from a city official that was contained in the agenda packet for Monday’s meeting said Williamsport is the owner of the line.

Nancy Hausrath, water operations manager for Hagerstown, included in her email an attachment regarding the city’s laws pertaining to water-distribution systems.

Under the laws, the city does not have “any obligation, responsibility or duty to inspect, maintain and/or repair any water piping, apparatus, appliance or equipment.”

“Obviously, we’re going to have to fix the pipe,” Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

Town Attorney Ed Kuczynski said he would look into the issue and perhaps there might be an agreement regarding the maintenance of the waterline.

Kuczynski said the town might have to seek bids for the work.

The bridge at the north end of town carries North Conococheague Street traffic across the creek. The road is also known as Clear Spring Road on the other side of the stream.

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