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Mummers' Parade tab put at $16,769

November 14, 1997

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Hagerstown's annual Mummers' Parade cost city taxpayers about $16,769 this year, said City Finance Director Al Martin.

The cost for police overtime, preparing for and cleaning up after the Nov. 1 parade is about the same every year, Martin said.

Hagerstown City Police provided about $10,000 worth of overtime for the three-hour parade, Martin said.

According to a report by Capt. Robert Hart, 91 police department employees were on duty the night of the parade, including Chief Dale Jones, two captains, 16 sergeants, seven detectives, four vice officers, three dispatchers, two traffic officers, two K-9 officers and 54 police officers.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department, the Maryland State Police and the Hagerstown Fire Police Unit assisted, according to the report.

The city's public works and signal departments provided $5,769 worth of overtime to prepare for and clean up after the parade, Martin said.

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City Light workers had about $1,000 in overtime costs, Martin said.

They installed lighting around the judges' stand by Bester Elementary School and made sure all the street lights along the parade route were working, said City Light Manager Terry Weaver.

The overtime costs are paid out of the city's public functions budget, which is part of the general fund, Martin said.

Police received 53 service calls, including reports of accidents, fights and damaged property, according to the report. One arrest was made for disorderly conduct and one for driving while intoxicated, the report said.

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