City Council briefs

October 24, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

Council approves trash hauling fee increase

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a 75-cent increase in quarterly fees for residential trash customers effective Nov. 1 because Washington County has changed the rate it charges the city.

The city has approximately 13,500 residential trash customers, city officials said. The city fees will increase from $22 per quarter to $22.75.

At a Sept. 10 meeting, the Washington County Commissioners raised landfill rates for high-volume users, including municipalities, local government agencies and commercial solid waste haulers who dump at least 4,000 tons a year at the Forty West Landfill.

The change, effective Oct. 1, is expected to cost the city about $29,241, Finance Director Alfred Martin said.

Increasing the quarterly fee should bring in about $30,000, he said.

Free parking will be offered during holidays

To encourage people to do holiday shopping in downtown Hagerstown, the city is offering free parking at selected times downtown, Finance Director Alfred Martin said Wednesday.


From Nov. 4 through Christmas Day, parking is free at the North Potomac Street parking deck on Saturdays and Sundays and after 7 p.m. on weekdays, Martin said.

Parking will be free for two hours at the parking deck during the day on weekdays, he said.

Parking at meters downtown is free after 5 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday, as it is year-round, he said.

The free parking is starting two weeks earlier than last year in an effort to help businesses that may have been hurt by the Streetscape work downtown, Martin said.

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