Hagerstown CIty Council briefs

November 09, 2005|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

City trash bill hike less than planned

Hagerstown residents can expect to pay more for their trash collection come January, but not as much as they stood to last month.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the city was able to save residents $2 on their quarterly collection bills, now slated to increase 22 percent from $27 per quarter to $33 per quarter, after renegotiating with the low bidder for the city's trash-collection service starting at the beginning of 2006.

Allied Waste Service was the lowest of only a handful of bidders for the contract, and faced with a 30 percent, $8-per-quarter increase in residential rates, City Council authorized Tissue to go back to the company and see if it would be willing to offer better rates.

The council is scheduled to discuss the increase during its next work session, when it will also decide if it wants to pass an additional $2.75 charge per quarter on to residents for co-mingled collection of recyclable materials including aluminum, glass and plastic.


The City Council also could vote to create a test program distributing street-side totes in a select downtown area to help reduce the amount of trash on Hagerstown's sidewalks. The containers would be distributed to downtown property owners in a pilot area stretching from Cannon Avenue to Summit Avenue and from Antietam Street to Church Street. The cost for that program could either be assessed on all the city's residents at $1.25 a quarter or on residents of the pilot area for $17.50 a quarter.

Tissue said if the city wanted to pursue the pilot program he would need to go to Allied Waste Service and rework the costs associated with that project.

Police hope to create a cadet program

The Hagerstown Police Department is hoping to re-establish a cadet program, which the city cut from its budget in 1995 due to financial constraints.

"This would allow us to attract and keep local persons," Hagerstown Police Capt. Charles Summers told the City Council during its work session Tuesday.

Summers said, as part of the program, qualified residents would work with full-time officers and would be assigned to one of the department's squads on a patrol platoon. In addition, Summers said, the cadets would help increase police presence in the city even though they would not be authorized law-enforcement officers.

The cadets would be members of the city's American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union and would be included in the union's collective bargaining agreement with the city. City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said the idea is being developed and he does not know how much it would cost the city to reinstitute the program.

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