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Hagerstown briefs

October 13, 2004

Council turns down request to aid Wesel


The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday turned down a request for $3,000 to help improve a building across the Atlantic.

The building undergoing improvements is the Wesel, Germany, Rathaus, or the city's municipal building. The City of Hagerstown and Wesel have 52-year-old sister-city partnership.

Steve Lenhart, president of the Hagerstown-Wesel Sister City Affiliation, requested the money to be used as part of a facade improvement for the Wesel building, which was built in 1455.

Council members said they preferred that private money be used for the project.




Purchase of dump trucks is discussed


The Hagerstown City Council gave preliminary approval for the purchase of two new dump trucks, which will cost approximately $186,200.

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The spending is more than the City Council had budgeted for this year, but officials said they were speeding up purchases to replace aging equipment. The two trucks are 13 years old.

To pay for the trucks, the city will need to issue an additional $60,000 in bonds beyond what officials had expected.

The purchase is scheduled for formal approval at the council's regular meeting Oct. 26.




City soon to take payments online


The City of Hagerstown soon will be able to accept payments by credit card and through the Internet.

The City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to pursuing an upgrade of the city's payment system, which accepts payments for utility bills, parking fines and other fees.

The purchase is scheduled for official approval Oct. 26.

Scott Nicewarner, the city's information technology manager, said the city's current system is outdated, and doesn't share information as easily as it should.

Full Moon, of Purcellville, Va., has given the city a price quote of $69,500 for the system. Nicewarner said the company is also working with Bowie, Md., and Laurel, Md.

- Gregory T. Simmons

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