Hagerstown City Council briefs

April 09, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

'Tribute for troops' to be held at theater

Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner announced at Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council work session that the city was organizing a "tribute for the troops" at noon Friday at the Maryland Theatre.

The free program is intended as a way for people to show support for those serving in the military in Afghanistan and in the war in Iraq, he said.

It had not been determined who would speak at the event, he said.

The program will be about 30 minutes long to allow people to attend during their lunch hour, he said.

School choir sings at council meeting

A Bester Elementary School choir sang to the Hagerstown City Council during Tuesday's work session.

Mayor William M. Breichner asked the fifth-grade students to give the performance after hearing them sing at an event at the school Friday.

They sang a song about lighting candles all around the world and remembering all the children.


Crime Victims' Rights Week proclaimed

Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner read a proclamation Tuesday designating April 6 through 12 National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

He gave the proclamation to Washington County State's Attorney M. Kenneth Long and his staff.

Fire engines cost more than expected

The estimated cost for the City of Hagerstown to replace three fire department engines has increased from $600,000 to $811,086, but the fire companies getting them are increasing their share of the costs to help pay the cost, Hagerstown officials said Tuesday.

In May 2002 the Hagerstown City Council 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.

When the city received bids for the equipment, the prices were higher than anticipated, with the lowest bid at $811,086, Acting Fire Chief Richard L. Kipe told the council.

To help defray the costs, the South Hagerstown Fire Co. and Antietam Fire Co. have agreed, at meetings this month, to pay an additional $10,000 over three years, Kipe said.

At its meeting Thursday the third fire company, Independent Junior Fire Co., is to discuss making a similar pledge, he said.

The council agreed to pay the higher cost for the engines.

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