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BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | May 14, 2002
AT&T wants to put cell tower on property There are plans to put a 150-foot cell tower on property owned by Funkstown Moose Lodge 2435, a tower company representative told the Funkstown Mayor and Town Council on Monday. Tom Gilligan, zoning manager/planner with Tower Resource in Pikesville, Md., said AT&T wants to put a 150-foot "monopole" near a tree line about 700 feet into the property. Mayor Robert L. Kline said the company would need special permission from the Washington County government to put a cell tower on the property.
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By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | February 27, 2002
At the Hagerstown sewage treatment plant Wednesday, the last of the several sewage treatment processes shut down 12 days earlier was restarted, Plant Superintendent Donald Barton said. The biological nutrient removal process, which uses bacteria to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from sewage, was restarted at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, he said. "All the components are back on line. Now it's just a matter of the treatment process getting time to react," Barton said. City Water Pollution Control Department Manager Rick Thomas has said the plant could be operating at pre-shutdown levels by Feb. 25. Test results of plant waste water samples that will show whether the plant is back to normal will be available Feb. 28, Barton said.
NEWS
February 20, 2002
Sewage treatment getting better, says plant supervisor By DAN KULIN dank@herald-mail.com Hagerstown's sewage treatment plant continues to improve, and there are plans to bring another part of the treatment process back online today, Plant Superintendent Donald Barton said Tuesday. Sometime today the part of the sewage treatment process that removes phosphorous and nitrogen from the waste water will be restarted, he said. Even though this process, called biological nutrient removal, has been down, tests of the waste water taken last week showed that nitrogen and phosphorous levels were within state limits, he said.
NEWS
February 20, 2002
Officials say sewage hasn't hurt wildlife By DAN KULIN dank@herald-mail.com Hagerstown and state officials say the millions of gallons of untreated or partially treated waste water that has flowed from the city sewer plant over the past week hasn't harmed the wildlife along Antietam Creek. Jim Kline would like to believe them. "But you can't always believe what you hear," Kline said. A member and past president of the Maryland B.A.S.S. Federation, and Hagerstown native who has been fishing on the creek since he was a child, Kline has been doing his own monitoring of the creek since Sunday.
NEWS
February 13, 2002
Switch aids in sewage control By DAN KULIN dank@herald-mail.com A state official said a switch to a disinfection process using chlorine Tuesday has ended the flow of contaminated waste water from Hagerstown's sewage plant into Antietam Creek, but the city's top sewer plant official disagrees. continued "With the chlorine in place as a temporary fix, the dumping of untreated sewage into the Antietam Creek has ended. ... They are removing the pathogens we're concerned about," Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman Richard McIntire said.
NEWS
February 12, 2002
More sewage to foul Antietam Creek By DAN KULIN dank@herald-mail.com Millions of gallons of mostly untreated waste water from the Hagerstown sewer plant likely will continue to flow into Antietam Creek for several days, Plant Superintendent Donald Barton said Monday. continued But adjustments planned for the treatment system, including today's start of a new disinfection process, should improve the quality of the waste water going into Antietam Creek, Barton said.
NEWS
November 23, 2001
Blast from the Past 11/21 Week of Nov. 18, 1951 The course in distributive education, where students spend part of their time studying in classrooms and part working in local stores, is proving very successful following its inauguration at Hagerstown High School. Washington County residents will be receiving Christmas seals early next week, as the 45th annual drive to sell the bright stickers gets under way. Local sales of the seals last year made possible the mass chest X-ray program that just concluded.
NEWS
May 18, 2001
Sewage escapes from Berkeley County plant By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town Thousands of gallons of partially-treated sewage escaped last week from a sewage treatment plant that serves the Spring Mills subdivision in the northern part of Berkeley County, according to a state environmental official. The sludge accumulated in a "backwater area" along Opequon Creek, but it did not enter the creek, said Kevin Lilly, a local inspector for the Division of Environmental Protection.
NEWS
April 19, 2001
City, county discuss sewage agreement By DAN KULIN dank@herald-mail.com Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II is asking for changes to a sewer service agreement with the Washington County Commissioners so that the city can put together an annexation policy. Bruchey wants an annexation policy that would require property owners hooking on to the city's sewer system to annex into the city. The mayor said language in a sewer service agreement would prohibit such an annexation policy.
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