By DON AINES
Governments and businesses are scrambling to get their computer systems ready to face the next century, but Hagerstown's should be ready to meet the 2000 compliance dilemma.
Many computers have a two-digit "date field" for storing the year. When 2000 hits, many computers apparently will think time has reverted to 1900.
"We shouldn't be in a crisis, but we do have some work to do," said Director of Finance Alfred Martin.
Hagerstown's mainframe system is an HP 3000, which handles many of the city's major bookkeeping and information chores, such as financial management, payroll, personnel, police information and more. Martin told the council Tuesday night that the system can be changed to recognize the change of centuries.