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June 23, 2004|by LAURA ERNDE

Nonunion workers to get 2.5 percent raise

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved a 2.5 percent raise for all nonunion employees effective the week of July 5.

The raise will cost city taxpayers $164,811, which was included in the fiscal 2005 budget approved by the City Council in May.

City to loan $50,000 to downtown cafe

The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to loan $50,000 to Hagerstown Bakery and Café Inc.

The cafe is to open next month in the first block of South Potomac Street, according to a sign in the window.


The council will forgive the loan, considering it an economic development grant, if the café remains open for 60 days.

License, permit fees to increase

The cost of many licenses and permits would increase by as much as $25 under a "technology fee" that received preliminary approval Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

Money raised by the fee will be used to pay off the city's new record-keeping software.

Depending on the type of license or permit, the technology fee would be $5, $15 or $25.

Spending threshold increased to $10,000

The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to increase the spending threshold for which city employees have to get Mayor and Council approval.

Right now, the council must approve any purchases over $5,000.

A resolution approved on a 4-1 vote Tuesday increases the threshold to $10,000, except for professional services and consultant contracting.

Purchases over $5,000 must be approved by the city administrator and be acquired through a formal bidding process, according to the new policy, which will go into effect July 1.

"I just hope we're on top of this and it doesn't get out of control," said Councilwoman Penny Nigh, who voted against the policy change.

Cheerleaders to use part of grandstand

Valley All-Star Cheerleaders will use part of the grandstand at Fairgrounds Park under an agreement approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

The city will charge the group $500 a month rent.

The city chose not waive the rent because Valley All-Star Cheerleaders is not a nonprofit organization, Administrative Services Director John Budesky said.

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