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Y2K committee says city is ready

September 14, 1999

Except for its telephone system, the Hagerstown city government is ready for the year 2000, the head of the city's Y2K committee said Tuesday.

The Mayor and City Council agreed Tuesday to go ahead with $22,379 in purchases expected to make the city's phone system ready for 2000. The system needs new software for services such as the voice mail/auto attendant system.

No council members spoke against the purchase and the council is expected to vote to purchase the software during its Sept. 28 meeting.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said it seemed late in the year to be fixing possible year 2000 problems.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein was absent from Tuesday's meeting.

Terry Weaver, manager at the City Light Department and chairman of the city's Year 2000 committee, told the mayor and council that if the new year came today he wouldn't expect any problems other than perhaps with the telephones.

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The year 2000 problem, also known as Y2K, is expected to paralyze some computer systems when the new year begins.

The potential for a problem exists because computer programmers used a two-digit format for identifying years. Some fear that computers will stop working when the calendar rolls over from 1999 to 2000.

- Dan Kulin

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