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ATM proposed for City Hall

December 03, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

An automated teller machine would be installed at Hagerstown City Hall under a proposal presented to the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday.

The council gave general support to the Finance Department proposal to have an ATM installed for a 12-month trial period.

The ATM would make it easier for city customers and employees to have access to cash, Finance Director Al Martin said.

Martin said about 1,000 to 1,500 customers go through the City Hall lobby each week.

Hagerstown Trust has offered to put an ATM at the building at no cost to the city as long as it can remove the machine on 30-days' notice, Martin said.

There would be a $1.50 surcharge for nonbank customers, as is the case with the bank's other ATMs, he said.

He asked the council members if they were interested in the idea and if other banks should be approached about placing an ATM at City Hall.

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"I don't think we can get it cheaper than for free," Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said.

Other banks were not approached because the idea was preliminary and the machine is being installed only on a temporary basis, Martin said.

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