City council briefs

February 26, 2003

Council OKs contracts to demolish buildings

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved two contracts, totaling about $270,000, to demolish two downtown Hagerstown buildings.

The contracts, with Dirt Express of Glen Burnie, Md. are to demolish the former McCrory's Building and the former Grand Piano warehouse.

The city wants the buildings razed as part of an open space plan for the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center.

The city is paying the company $152,420 to demolish and haul away the former McCrory's building, and make other modifications, as well as an additional $117,480 contract to do the same for the former Grand Piano building.


Police Department may apply for state grant

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave the Hagerstown Police Department permission to apply for a state grant to pay for a new position for investigating crimes in which juveniles are victims.

The requested grant of $132,596 would pay for the detective position, and related costs, for two years. No city matching money would be required.

City Council briefed on emergency planning

Verna Brown, emergency management coordinator for the Washington County Emergency Services Administration, spoke briefly to the Hagerstown City Council Tuesday to encourage people to make their own emergency plans and disaster supply kits.

She gave council members a copy of a new book: "Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizens Preparedness" written by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The book explains in detail what citizens need for a kit and what they should do in case of a disaster or emergency.

The book can be obtained, free of charge, by calling 1-800-480-2520 or going on the Internet to, and asking for publication H-34.

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