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City Council briefs

June 19, 2002

Mummers' Parade OK'd


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave the Alsatia Club permission to hold the 78th annual Alsatia Mummers' Parade.

This year the parade will be on Nov. 2. It starts at 7 p.m.

The parade route will be the same as in past parades.




City police to make swictch to Glocks


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved spending $5,792 to buy 16 Glock handguns.

The police department is switching to Glock handguns, from Smith & Wesson, as their official weapon, Captain John Moulton said.

The Glocks are less expensive than Smith & Wesson handguns, Captain Charles Summers said Monday. The Glock is a superior product and simpler to operate, Summers said.

Twelve of the purchased weapons will be for employees who have not yet been hired and four will be for current officers, according to city documents.

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Unikote demolition contract approved


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a $69,621 contract to demolish the former Unikote Building at 18 W. Antietam St. and construct a new 18-space parking lot in its place.

The City Council in April voted unanimously to buy the property and one-story building for $119,000 from Vincent Groh.




Workers' compensation insurance contract OK'd


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted to renew its workers' compensation insurance contract.

Renewing the Injured Workers Insurance Fund contract with Keller-Stonebraker Insurance Group will cost the city $997,936, city documents said.

That is less than the $1,004,300 budgeted.

The current contract, which cost $899,347, expires June 30.




Monthly electrical fee to increase at market


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved increasing from $4 to $5 the monthly fee for vendors that use electrical service at the City Farmers Market.

The stall rental fees will remain the same, city officials said.




Sidewalk contract OK'd


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a $47,618 contract for construction of a brick and concrete sidewalk at Potomac and Antietam streets and installation of crosswalks.

The contract was awarded to Milton Stamper Builders Inc. of Hagerstown.

The contractor has been told to do the construction work at night in order to minimize disruption to area businesses, City Engineer Rodney Tissue has said.




Locker room expansion approved


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a $10,150 contract for expansion of the Hagerstown Police Department's women's locker room.

The contract was awarded to V.O.A. Contracting Inc. of Frederick, Md.

The contract amount includes a $2,000 contingency fee for an exhaust fan if it is needed, city documents said.




Contract with BFI OK'd


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a three-year extension of its refuse collection contract with BFI in Hagerstown.

Under the extension, the contract for calendar year 2003 would be the same price to the city as it was for calendar year 2002.

The contract for this calendar year will cost the city about $532,000, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

The contract also includes mixed paper recycling and yard waste collection services, Tissue said.

There would be an inflation adjustment for calendar year 2004 and 2005 based on the consumer price index, not to exceed 3 percent per year, according to city documents.

While the council approved the three-year extension, it will approve the contract on an annual basis, he said.




Antietam Construction awarded contract


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a $155,249 contract for a concrete sidewalk, pedestrian lighting, fencing and related work at Fairgrounds Park.

The contract was awarded to Antietam Construction Inc. of Hagerstown.




Council OK's request for grant application


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a request by City Police Lt. Gary Spielman to reapply for a law enforcement grant to investigate crimes involving the use of firearms within the city.

The city received $40,000 in fiscal 2001-2002 from the Maryland Cease Fire Council for that purpose.

The police department is applying for an additional $61,702 to pay overtime costs for calls of illegal firearms that require investigation time not currently available, he said.

Some of the grant money would go toward buying a computerized composite-making program that uses actual photographs instead of sketches, he said. The program would help the city catch criminals, he said.




Grant Accepted


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday accepted a $9,845 police training grant to fund a course that teaches officers alternatives to using lethal force when dealing with violent suspects.

The grant is from the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission's Professional Development Fund.

Knowing alternatives to lethal force can reduce the potential for death or serious injury to all involved, City Police Lt. Gary Spielman said.

-- Scott Butki

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