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Hagerstown City Council briefs

December 22, 1997

Hagerstown City Council briefs

Event coordinator position approved

Hagerstown City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved adding a part-time position to help coordinate city services for special events, such as the Miss Maryland Pageant and the Back-To-School Expo.

The part-time position is expected to be added by March, city officials have said. The pay will be between $12,000 and $15,000 a year.

The position was created as part of a job restructuring and to help Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin with her many duties.

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City officials later will consider whether the job needs to be full- time.

Under the restructuring, Giffin will focus on marketing, public information, administering the city's new revolving loan fund and sign and facade programs, and coordinating large special events.

Contract for new signal OK'd

Hagerstown City Council members unanimously approved on Tuesday a contract for a new traffic signal at Mill and Frederick streets that will cost the city $4,489.

Ranger Construction, the developer of the Julia Manor Health Care Center at that intersection, will contribute $8,000 toward the $12,489 project cost, city officials said.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure said last week that since city officials miscalculated the project's cost, the city should pay the difference.

Antietam Electric Inc., of Keedysville, was awarded the contract for $9,986. Design costs were $2,503.

Company hired for appraisals

Hagerstown City Council members have awarded a contract for assessing candidates for Hagerstown City Police promotions to a Chesapeake Beach, Md., company.

Council members voted 4-1 on Tuesday to hire Personnel Performance for $14,900.

The low bidder recommended by staff was Joan Weiss, of Mitchellville, Md., at $10,050, according to bid information.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure cast the sole dissenting vote.

McClure said he couldn't support voting against the staff's recommendation. He said not hiring the low bidder could jeopardize the bid process.

Last week, council members Lewis C. Metzner and William M. Breichner said they preferred Personnel Performance because of its experience.

If city officials wanted a firm with more experience, they should have specified that in the request for bids, McClure said.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer said he agreed with McClure, but voted for the contract because of the importance of the service to be rendered.

The firm will rank candidates for promotion to give city officials something to refer to, officials said.

The department has openings for a lieutenant and a sergeant and several openings are expected over the next two years because of retirements and other reasons, officials have said.

- Julie E. Greene

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