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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | March 3, 2005
The Hagerstown City Council gave approval, in an unofficial vote, to a timetable that would establish a March 15 public hearing on bringing wireless Internet capabilities to the city and a possible April ordinance presentation. City Light Department Manager Michael S. Spiker said the Broadband Over Powerline and Fixed Wireless Initiative would bring wireless Internet to city residents. Spiker said, despite the concerns of many amateur radio operators, the service would not be operating in the exact frequency being used by them.
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By DAN DEARTH | October 10, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown city officials will hold a public meeting this afternoon to discuss blasting procedures associated with the construction of a water tank on the city's West End. City Utilities Director Michael Spiker said city officials and the project's engineers will meet with concerned residents at 5 p.m. at the end of Rock Willow Avenue, just north of U.S. 40 - the site of the tank's construction. The project involves building a covered 6.4 million gallon concrete water tank to replace the existing West End reservoir, which is outdated and beyond reasonable repair, Spiker wrote in a city memorandum.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | July 6, 2005
HAGERSTOWN gregs@herald-mail.com As city officials get closer to settling a contract with the next electricity provider, concerns of higher costs are beginning to arise. Hagerstown Light Department Manager Mike Spiker said Tuesday that natural gas prices have driven the cost of wholesale electric power up significantly since the last power contract was settled two years ago. "Natural gas prices have just soared in the last two years," Spiker said. "I'm afraid (electric costs)
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | October 22, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council and officials from the Washington County Medical Center are one step closer to agreeing on a way to fund the construction of a sewer line that would serve the hospital. City Utilities Director Michael Spiker said during a council work session on Tuesday that the two parties would wait to commit their share of the funding until contractors submit bids for the project. Spiker said he didn't know the exact cost of the project, but it probably would be in the "low seven figures.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 27, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was arraigned Thursday after allegedly stealing a painting in December that was part of an art exhibit on display in the hallways of a Berkeley County government building, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Cynthia Lou Balshaw, 48, of 835 New York Ave., was charged with one count of petit larceny by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman Wm. S.A. Spiker, according to records. Magistrate Jim Humphrey set a $2,500 bond for the case In Spiker's complaint, he noted that the victim told police that on Dec. 18, she discovered her watercolor work, "Glasses," was missing from the Dunn Building at 400 W. Stephen St., where it was displayed with other works presented by the Arts Alliance of Berkeley County.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | November 17, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown city official says it will cost more than $17 million to replace the aging waterlines that run from the R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant to the city's West End. City Utilities Director Michael Spiker said the lines are up to 80 years old, and break about nine times a year in cold weather. Each break costs the city between $10,000 and $35,000 to fix. That price excludes the cost of millions of gallons of treated water that are lost. Spiker, who presented the situation to the City Council on Tuesday, said if the council approves, the project could begin in 2009 and take roughly two years to finish.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | June 7, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Financial assistance is available to hundreds of Hagerstown residents who are on the city's list to have their electricity shut off. David Jordan, executive director of the Washington County Community Action Council, said the organization has at least $5,000 to disburse to residents who qualify. "At the beginning of (last) week, we started to see terminations coming in," Jordan said. Hagerstown Utilities Director Michael Spiker said in an e-mail that 1,800 city utility customers received notification in April that their bills were past due. Among other things, Spiker said, the city offered those customers the chance to enter into a payment plan, and gave them 15 days before their service was disconnected.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | November 16, 2007
HAGERSTOWN ? A Hagerstown city official says it will cost more than $17 million to replace the aging water lines that run from the R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant to the city's West End. City Utilities Director Michael Spiker said the lines are up to 80 years old, and break about nine times a year in cold weather. Each break costs the city between $10,000 and $35,000 to fix. That price excludes the cost of millions of gallons of treated water that are lost. Spiker, who presented the situation to the City Council on Tuesday, said if the council approves, the project could begin in 2009 and take roughly two years to finish.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2013
The Hagerstown City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to introduce an ordinance that will impose a 10 percent fee on the city's water and sewer customers who are late paying their utility bills. The ordinance - which the five-member council began considering after several hundred utility customers were delinquent with their bills this spring - is slated to be adopted next week after a formal vote at the council's June 18 work session. It will take effect 30 days later. Michael S. Spiker, the city's director of utilities, has said a late fee notice would be sent to water and sewer customers 21 days after their quarterly bill is due. The late fee for one bill would not be compounded if a customer failed to pay the next bill, Spiker has said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2013
Hagerstown city water and sewer customers who are late on their water and sewer bills will be subject to a 10 percent late fee on the unpaid balance under a proposed ordinance discussed Tuesday by the City Council. However, there was no vote to introduce the ordinance and it was tabled for discussion at a later date. None of the four council members present during the special session introduced a motion to put it up for a vote. Counclman Kristen Aleshire, who raised the issue of the late fees, left the earlier work session for another appointment and was not present during the special session.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2013
The Hagerstown City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to introduce an ordinance that will impose a 10 percent fee on the city's water and sewer customers who are late paying their utility bills. The ordinance - which the five-member council began considering after several hundred utility customers were delinquent with their bills this spring - is slated to be adopted next week after a formal vote at the council's June 18 work session. It will take effect 30 days later. Michael S. Spiker, the city's director of utilities, has said a late fee notice would be sent to water and sewer customers 21 days after their quarterly bill is due. The late fee for one bill would not be compounded if a customer failed to pay the next bill, Spiker has said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2013
Hagerstown city water and sewer customers who are late on their water and sewer bills will be subject to a 10 percent late fee on the unpaid balance under a proposed ordinance discussed Tuesday by the City Council. However, there was no vote to introduce the ordinance and it was tabled for discussion at a later date. None of the four council members present during the special session introduced a motion to put it up for a vote. Counclman Kristen Aleshire, who raised the issue of the late fees, left the earlier work session for another appointment and was not present during the special session.
NEWS
April 23, 2013
The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously accepted a grant that will provide 1,100 energy conservation kits to local electric customers whose meet income guidelines. The 2013 EMPOWER Clean Energy Communities Grant from the Maryland Energy Administration will give the Hagerstown Light Department $71,000 to purchase and distribute the kits to qualified customers living in the 21740 and 21742 zip codes.  According to an April 16 memo from city Director of Utilities Michael S. Spiker, “Utilizing Department of Energy calculations, the eight-piece kit will be capable of conserving approximately 495 kWh per year per household or totalized on our system as 527,000 kWh per year.” The kits will go to individuals, households or facilities having incomes that are 85 percent or less of the state-established Washington County Median Income Limit of $67,000.
OBITUARIES
November 13, 2012
Floyd P. "Tom" Spiker, 88, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at City Hospital. Family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home. The service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | October 4, 2011
The city of Hagerstown has agreed to pay $37,000 toward the settlement of a federal case involving contaminated soil in North Carolina. The city is one of many parties being held responsible for costs incurred settling litigation surrounding cleanup of the Carolina Transformer Superfund Site in North Carolina. Between 1959 and 1984, Carolina Transformer Co. Inc. allegedly serviced, repaired, rebuilt, scrapped, purchased and sold electrical transformers, voltage regulators and other electrical equipment from its site just outside Fayetteville, N.C., according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the eastern district of North Carolina.
NEWS
July 27, 2010
Douglas Edward Spiker, 65, of Hedgesville, W.Va., died Saturday, July 24, 2010, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. A memorial service will be Sunday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va. Burial will be private.
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June 30, 2009
Robert W. "Bobby" Spiker, 97, of Pikeside, W.Va., died Monday, June 29, 2009, at his home. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va. The service will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | June 7, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Financial assistance is available to hundreds of Hagerstown residents who are on the city's list to have their electricity shut off. David Jordan, executive director of the Washington County Community Action Council, said the organization has at least $5,000 to disburse to residents who qualify. "At the beginning of (last) week, we started to see terminations coming in," Jordan said. Hagerstown Utilities Director Michael Spiker said in an e-mail that 1,800 city utility customers received notification in April that their bills were past due. Among other things, Spiker said, the city offered those customers the chance to enter into a payment plan, and gave them 15 days before their service was disconnected.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | October 22, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council and officials from the Washington County Medical Center are one step closer to agreeing on a way to fund the construction of a sewer line that would serve the hospital. City Utilities Director Michael Spiker said during a council work session on Tuesday that the two parties would wait to commit their share of the funding until contractors submit bids for the project. Spiker said he didn't know the exact cost of the project, but it probably would be in the "low seven figures.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | September 17, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday shot down a preliminary contract that would bind the city to paying an undetermined portion of the cost to build a pump station and sewer line that would serve the Washington County Medical Center. After discussing some of the contract's conditions with City Utilities Director Michael Spiker, several members of the council said the contract left out too much information, including the city's financial obligation to complete the project.
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