Decision due on repair money for Havre de Grace Elementary

April 16, 1995|By Sherrie Ruhl | Sherrie Ruhl,Sun Staff Writer

The Harford County Council will decide Tuesday night whether to allow the county school board to spend an additional $529,000 renovating Havre de Grace Elementary School.

In 1993, the school system estimated that Havre de Grace Elementary would need about $2.3 million in renovations.

The 45-year-old school, much of which had never been renovated, had numerous problems, including an electrical system so outdated that air conditioners and fans tripped circuit breakers.

The school also needed basics, such as new doors and windows, and an elevator so that students with disabilities could reach the second floor.

In other action, the council will decide whether it wants to fund the first part of a 26-mile trail along the old Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad bed.

A federal matching grant of $709,000 is at stake.

The initial 1.5-mile phase of the hiking, biking and equestrian trail would begin at the Heavenly Waters Park and zigzag its way behind Harford Mall, across Route 24 and end near Liriodendron.

Ultimately, the so-called Ma and Pa Heritage Corridor would stretch through Harford County from Gunpowder Falls State Park on the Baltimore County border to the Pennsylvania line.

More than 90 percent of the land is privately owned; about 10 percent is owned by the county.

At past County Council sessions, some landowners have protested the construction of a trail near their property for fear of "noisy tourists."

The 7 p.m. meeting will be at the county courthouse on Main Street in Bel Air.

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