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Cell phone contract saves city $2,000

April 04, 2001

Cell phone contract saves city $2,000



Hagerstown City Council members gave consensus approval Tuesday to a new city cell phone contract that is expected to provide more phones for less money.

The city has 65 cell phones, and pays about $17,000 a year for the service, according to city documents. The cell phone contracts are handled by each department that uses a cell phone.

Under the proposed cell phone contract, the city would receive 85 phones at an annual cost of $15,000.

All the new cell phones would be paid for under one contract with CellularOne.

The Police Department would have 38 of the 85 cell phones, said city Project Coordinator Austin Abraham, who is overseeing the new contract.

The water and water pollution control departments would have about 11 cell phones each, with the rest of the phones going to six other city departments, Abraham said.

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The council is expected to vote on the contract at the end of the month.

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