Hancock briefs

September 15, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Trick-or-treat slated for Oct. 31

HANCOCK - Children in Hancock will be allowed to trick-or-treat on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., the mayor and town council decided Wednesday.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said it's a logical evening because there is no school the next day.

Also that night, children will take part in an exercise in which they learn what it's like to be homeless.

Police Chief Steven L. McCarty said it will last from 9 p.m. on Oct. 31 to 7 a.m. on Nov. 1 in the Interfaith Service Coalition parking lot.

Tax credit zone will continue for 10 years

HANCOCK - A state-designated zone that allows tax credits for businesses will continue for 10 more years, the Hancock Town Council decided Wednesday.

Businesses that operate in state-designated enterprise zones are entitled to local property tax credits and state income tax credits.

According to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, there are three enterprise zones in Washington County, covering about 4,200 acres.


The town of Hancock is in a zone that covers about 1,500 acres, according to the Economic Development Commission's Web site.

That zone was approved in 1995. The designation is good for 10 years at a time.

No one spoke at a public hearing Wednesday on renewing the zone.

"It really is a no-brainer," Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said, speaking in favor of keeping the designation.

The council voted 3-0 to renew the zone.

Police chief receives OK to change shifts

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council on Wednesday gave Police Chief Steven L. McCarty the authority to change how police shifts may be scheduled.

McCarty said the new arrangement will save $6,000 per year by reducing overtime costs.

McCarty's plan is to give officers every other weekend off and a three-day weekend once a month. To do that, he said, officers would have to work six days certain weeks and some 10-hour days, which would require overtime pay, according to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

McCarty's suggested having the town council approve an exemption from the overtime requirement. The council approved the idea, 3-0.

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