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City OKs spending for new meters

June 18, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved spending $21,650.50 to pay for replacing 140 parking meters and reprogramming 25 others.

The contract with Duncan Industries of Harrison, Ark., is to replace the meters near Washington County Hospital and to reprogram 25 meters on a new parking lot off Antietam Street, city documents said.

Finance Director Alfred Martin in May presented the council with a proposal, later adopted as part of the annual budget, that called for parking meter fees to increase from 25 cents to 50 cents per hour around Washington County Hospital.

Downtown merchants and others successfully fought an earlier proposal that also would have increased the meter rates in the downtown shopping area.

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The parking meters on Antietam Street near Washington County District Court are being reprogrammed to increase the rate on those meters from 50 cents to $1 per hour.

The Antietam Street meters do not need to be replaced because they are a more modern, electronic version of the ones near the hospital, city officials said.

The money for the changes will come from tax-exempt lease financing to be repaid by the Parking Fund through parking user revenues, Martin said.

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