March 20 Hagerstown briefs

March 20, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

City awarded grant for community officers

The City of Hagerstown was awarded a $250,000 federal grant to help pay for two community police officers who would work in the schools, U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., said in a statement Tuesday.

The Hagerstown City Council must formally accept the grant for the money to be transferred to the city, City Police Chief Arthur Smith said.

The $250,000 would cover all but $6,000 to $20,000 of the city's expenses for two officers for three years, Smith said. The city would pay the rest, which will vary depending on raises and overtime the two officers earn, he said.

Smith said the two officers could be in the schools by September 2002 or 2003, depending on whether existing officers are transferred into those positions or new officers need to be hired and trained for those positions.


The officers would be based in North and South Hagerstown high schools, and be available to respond to incidents in other schools in the city, he said.

Curbside yard waste pickup starts April 3

Hagerstown's weekly curbside yard waste collection begins April 3, and will run through early December, according to a statement from the City Engineering Department.

Materials that can be set out include leaves, grass clippings, brush and small sticks. For pickup, yard waste should be placed in reusable containers or paper yard waste bags. Do not use plastic bags.

The yard waste should be set out after 4 p.m. Tuesdays for Wednesday morning collections.

For more information, call the city's recycling hotline at 301-739-8577, ext. 106.

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