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Hagerstown City Council briefs - 5/29

May 29, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

City extends contract

for park carriage rides

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to extend for one year its contract with Thomas E. Wetzel Sr. of Kerfoot Livery Service of Hagerstown to provide carriage rides.

The cost for the rides remains the same. Short rides around City Park are $2 for children and $3 for adults. Long rides, which include the Hager House area, are $6.50 for children and $11 for adults.

Three new fire engines

will be bought by city

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved buying three new fire engines, with half of the $600,000 total cost coming from money raised by three Hagerstown volunteer fire companies.

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The city had planned to borrow $200,000 to buy one fire engine during the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The city instead will borrow $300,000, which combined with the money from the volunteers will be enough to buy three fire engines, city officials said.

The volunteer fire companies offering to contribute up to $100,000 each are South Hagerstown Fire Co., Antietam Fire Co. and Independent Junior Fire Co., according to a city document.

Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said the three new fire engines are needed because the city has three 1982 fire engines that are "in dire need of replacement."

Fireworks display to be

part of Augustoberfest

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a request to have a fireworks display at 10 p.m. Aug. 23 as part of the annual Augustoberfest.

The request was made by the Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation.

The 15-minute fireworks presentation would be launched from the North Potomac Street parking deck, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said. The first block of North Potomac Street and the Elizabeth Hager Center lot would be blocked off, he said.

Grant may help pay

for city's 3-D system

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a request to ask the Appalachian Regional Commission for a $30,000 grant to help pay for the purchase, development and dissemination of a three-dimensional Geographic Information System (GIS).

The system would help the city with planning, marketing and economic development in Hagerstown and the surrounding community, Mayor William Breichner said in a city document.

Using existing GIS data along with new information, the city, in partnership with educational, tourism and economic development organizations, will map the city in 3-D format, he said.

The total cost of the system is $104,000, he said.

North and South highs

will have police officers

North and South Hagerstown high schools will be staffed with full-time city police officers in the next school year with the help of a federal grant unanimously approved by the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday.

The Hagerstown Police Department received a three-year, $250,000 Cops in Schools grant to put one officer in each school, Hagerstown Police Lt. Gary Spielman said. The grant is from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The City of Hagerstown must pay $13,844 in matching funds.

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