Hagerstown briefs

April 12, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Two make comments on firefighting training

Two Hagerstown City Council members said Tuesday that a training session last week made them appreciate the rigors of firefighting.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the simulated sessions got city officials "as physically and mentally stressed as we could go."

Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer agreed that the training was physically grueling.

"I was broken, bleeding and sore," she said.

However, Cromer wasn't mentally stressed because she knew the situation wasn't real, she said.

"Tight spaces and dark places don't bother me," she said.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman, City Attorney Mark K. Boyer and representatives of The Herald-Mail and NBC25 also took part.

Aleshire provides reports on budget

Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire on Tuesday gave other city officials 14 pages of questions and comments he compiled on the proposed 2006-07 city budget.


He distributed a second report proposing how the city could save and bring in a total of $2 million.

Aleshire said the proposed budget includes many things the city might like to have, but aren't essential.

The 2006-07 budget also doesn't address funding gaps that it would create in the 2007-08 budget, he said.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman has proposed a $134.4 million budget that would not increase the property tax rate. However, two spending alternatives - one to increase underpaid employees' salaries, the other to hire more police officers and firefighters - would require tax-rate increases.

The city council received the proposed budget March 31 and is scheduled to discuss it over the next several weeks. It must approve a final budget by the end of May.

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