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by DAN DEARTH | March 3, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The City of Hagerstown spent $192,448 to remove ice and snow that accumulated on the city's streets during the storms of Feb. 13 and 25, said Eric Deike, the city's public works director. Overtime expenses accounted for $67,099 of that amount, Deike said. Other costs were associated with equipment and vehicle operations, and purchasing de-icing salt, he said. City officials budgeted $369,436 in fiscal year 2007 for snow and ice removal, and roughly $257,764 has been spent since the first snowstorm hit in December, Deike said.
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by DAN DEARTH | March 3, 2007
About 300 property owners received a written warning from the city last week to shovel ice and snow from their sidewalks, said John Lestitian, the city's chief code enforcement officer. Lestitian said 28 of the property owners failed to comply with the warnings within the 24-hour deadline. As a result, the city hired private contractors to do the job, and sent the bills to the property owners, he said. On average, the contractors charged $120 for their services, Lestitian said.
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by DAN DEARTH | February 21, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The City of Hagerstown will give people 24 hours to shovel their sidewalks or it will hire contractors to do the job at the property owner's cost, the city's chief code enforcement officer said Tuesday. City officials intend to issue notices this morning, John Lestitian said. If the sidewalks aren't cleared in front of private property within 24 hours after the notice is posted, the owner will have to pay a $60 administrative fee, plus the cost of snow removal, he said.
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February 17, 2007
The City of Hagerstown's Public Works Department will continue to work on removing snow this weekend, Eric Deike, the city's director of public works, said in a city press release. A crew will work today from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Deike said. Their work will consist of handling, among other things, closed alleys, closed driveways, possibly handicapped-accessible ramps and storm drains. Deike said a second crew will begin today at 11 p.m. to haul snow from the downtown area. The crew will haul snow until Sunday about 7 a.m., he said.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 15, 2007
Several inches of snow covered with a thick layer of ice caused road-clearing efforts in Washington County on Wednesday to take longer than usual. "The snow is heavy," said Ed Plank, director of the county's highway department. "And we can't push it very well. It takes us a lot longer. " To bear that out, an announced two-hour school delay was changed to a school closing shortly after 7 a.m. today. "The problem is with parking lots, sidewalks and the roads in some subdivisions in the county," said Carol Mowen, spokeswoman for the Washington County Public Schools.
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From Staff reports | February 15, 2007
The wintry mix that accumulated Wednesday in the Tri-State area proved challenging for road crews, which in many cases had to adjust their typical plan of attack. "It's a different snow, a very different snow," Waynesboro (Pa.) Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said. Crews in his municipality actually stopped plowing snow overnight when they realized that by clearing roads, ice was able to freeze on the pavement's surface. Instead, officials opted to have ice accumulate on top of snow, so plows then could grab onto the snow for removal of the mix. The method led to many complaints from residents, but it was necessary because plows cannot move ice, Hamberger said.
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December 12, 2006
New town officials take oath of office CLEAR SPRING - A few words were spoken, right hands were raised, pie and cookies were served Monday evening, and Clear Spring now has a new vice mayor and councilman. Steve Blickenstaff took his oath of office as vice mayor with his family looking on. Stewart Brennan began a new term as councilman, having served before in the 1980s. Dennis Weaver, Washington County Circuit Clerk, took care of the swearing-in duties and had each town officer sign the official county registry.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | December 7, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A National Weather Service meteorologist said Wednesday that he is confident people in Hagerstown will see snow this afternoon. "It looks like the first snow showers are going to move in through the day Thursday," meteorologist Brian Lasorsa said. He said areas west of Washington County, because of the mountains, will have snow for a longer duration, possibly lasting into Friday. The National Weather Service is predicting minimal accumulations. "It looks like it should be dry on the weekend," Lasorsa said.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | December 6, 2006
Council reviews snow removal policy City public works staff reviewed its snow removal and plowing policies with the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday. Staff maintains five "conditions" that measure the severity and types of storms. Those conditions take temperature, precipitation and road surface into account. The average cost of snow plowing and removal each season is almost $312,000. City OKs agreements on ex-MELP property The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday accepted deed and lease agreements concerning almost 9 1/2 acres of the former MELP property on East Memorial Boulevard.
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by DON AINES | October 24, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council Monday amended its ordinance for sidewalk snow and ice removal to include a new enforcement policy that increases the fine for failing to clear sidewalks from $10 to $50. The enforcement policy includes not only higher fines, but systematic inspection of sidewalks after snowstorms, rather than the "complaint and observation" method of enforcement used in the past. The vote to amend the ordinance was unanimous. "If we got no complaints, we basically didn't enforce the ordinance," Borough Manager Eric Oyer said after the vote.
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