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Hagerstown City Council briefs

July 29, 2013

Council approves school-mitigation plan

The Hagerstown City Council has voted to approve a developer’s school-mitigation plan, which the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved last month despite public protest from opponents requesting it be denied in accord with the county’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.

The five-member council voted 4-1 on July 23 to allow the mitigation plan for the Reserve at Collegiate Acres, a planned 272-unit multifamily development in northwest Hagerstown, to move forward at a cost of $2,000 per unit, or $544,000 total.

That mitigation fee paid by the developer will go to the county to pay for classrooms in areas that will be directly affected by projected growth from the new apartments, according to previous reports in The Herald-Mail.

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Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh, who voted against the action, did not comment on her opposition.

City Market House to get a new roof

Hagerstown’s Market House, which houses the city market operations and the fire department’s administrative offices, will receive a new roof, thanks to a unanimous Hagerstown City Council vote on July 23.

A contract in the amount of $123,760 was awarded to B&R Roofing of Fawn Grove, Pa.

City officials requested that the five-member council approve up to $130,000 in funding for the project at 25 W. Church St., “should the contingency items exceed the expected workload,” city documents said.

The Market House’s existing roof has been in place for more than 20 years. The existing rubber roof membrane on the upper roof will be replaced with a two-ply roof system designed to last a minimum of 25 years, the documents said.          

The project will be funded through bond financing and Capital Improvement Project carryover funds, documents said.

The project will be completed within the calendar year, although a start date has yet to be set, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said.

— Holly Shok

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