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Hagerstown briefs

June 22, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

$1.6 million being spent on benefits


The Hagerstown City Council authorized more than $1.6 million in expenditures Tuesday for employee health insurance and workers' compensation-related costs.

The cost is within budget estimates, according to city documents.

The services would be provided by the following companies:

  • National Capital Administrative Services of Owings Mills, Md., for claims administration, $353,352.

  • United Health Care of Elkridge, Md., for stop-loss insurance, $261,664.

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of Owings Mills, for dental insurance, $358,685.

  • Behavior Health Services of Hagerstown for employee assistance, $11,648.

  • Injured Workers' Insurance Fund of Towson, Md., for workers' compensation insurance, $673,098.


The authorization was given as part of a consent agenda, which generally includes a number of items that are voted on all at once.




Water allocation limits approved


The City Council passed a measure Tuesday night by a 5-0 vote that limits water allocation for residential and nonresidential customers.

Each developer, development or property owner will be limited to 25 dwelling units for which building permits have not yet been applied.

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For nonresidential applications, the mayor and council must approve applications of more than 50,000 gallons. The Water and Sewer Department can approve applications for less than 50,000 gallons.

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