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City Council approves contracts and purchases

November 23, 2001

City Council approves contracts and purchases



By DAN KULIN / dank@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved contracts and purchases including new bulletproof vests for police, construction of a new pavilion at Fairgrounds Park and putting handicapped-accessible ramps where sidewalks meet alleys.

The expenditures approved included:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> $50,000 to Hiser's Concrete in Hagerstown for the installation of handicapped-accessible ramps where sidewalks meet alleys.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said there are about 120 new ramps that will be installed around the city. He said the new ramps will help make the city more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The contract is being funded with federal money from the Community Development Block Grant, according to city records.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> $126,000 to Callas Contractors in Hagerstown for the construction of a pavilion at Fairgrounds Park.

The pavilion will include restrooms and a picnic area and will be near the soccer fields at the park, Tissue said.

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> $9,375 to Howard Uniform Co. in Baltimore for 16 new bulletproof vests and shirt-like carriers for the body armor.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Up to $220,000 to R.W. Beck, a consulting firm that will work on the City Light Department's power supply contract. The city's current wholesale purchase power agreement expires June 30, 2003.

Light Department Manager Terry Weaver has said that although that may seem like a long time from now, it takes a long time to develop a new contract, analyze bids and finalize a new contract.

It is estimated the contract will cost $150,000 to $220,000. The city will share that cost with three municipalities with which the city enters into purchase power contracts, according to a memo from Weaver.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Up to $7,833 to BFI Industries in Hagerstown to extend yard waste collection. Tissue said $7,833 would be the cost if the program is extended for four weeks. There are currently plans to extend the yard waste collection program another two weeks, or until the end of the month.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> $89,370 to Accent Builders in Hancock for the rehabilitation of 53-55 Charles St. under the city's Single Family Homeownership Program, through which the city buys, renovates and resells homes. The program is funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant.

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