City council briefs

April 23, 2003|BY SCOTT BUTKI

Pumper trucks cost more than expected

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved buying three pumper trucks at a cost of $811,086, with the three fire companies receiving them paying a share of the costs.

In May 2002, the council unanimously approved buying three new fire engines, with half of the $600,000 total cost coming from money raised by the three companies.

When the city received bids for the equipment, the prices were higher than anticipated, with the lowest bid at $811,086.

To help defray the costs, South Hagerstown Fire Co., Antietam Fire Co. and Independent Junior Fire Co. agreed to pay an additional $10,000 over three years.

Mayor William M. Breichner recognized and praised officials from the three companies who attended Tuesday's meeting for working with the city on the project.


City to buy rain insurance for Fest

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved obtaining rain insurance for Saturday, May 31, during the 2003 Western Maryland Blues Fest.

The insurance policy costs $4,300, and will pay out $40,000 if it rains at least one-half inch between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on May 31, according to city documents.

Camera surveillance system approved

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved buying and installing a seven-camera surveillance system at Fairgrounds Park at a cost of $22,885.

Neighborhoods First is paying for the project, according to city documents.

Mummers' Parade set, route approved

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday approved holding the 79th annual Alsatia Mummers' Parade on Saturday, Nov. 1, with a starting time of 7 p.m.

The parade route will be the same as for past parades, starting at Oak Hill and Potomac avenues and ending at South Potomac and Howard streets.

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