City approves $20,000 for ambulance company
BY DAN KULIN
The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a $20,000 grant to Community Rescue Service, and will ask the Washington County Commissioners to match that contribution to the financially troubled ambulance company.
CRS had asked the city for $400,000, which included $200,000 to cover annual operating expenses and $200,000 for a fund to pay for new ambulances and other equipment. CRS interim Director J. Michael Nye said the $200,000 for operating expenses is what's needed now.
The council also supported formation of a joint city-county committee to "evaluate the financial conditions of CRS and determine the level and nature of any future city and county funding or other support to CRS operations," according to the council motion voted on Tuesday.