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Hagerstown briefs

December 12, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

Discussion on hiring new officers put off

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday delayed discussing the hiring of two police officers until an undetermined date.

Police Chief Arthur Smith said after the council's meeting that the department needs the officers to fill two vacated positions.

He said he was optimistic the council would fill the positions.

Each officer would cost the city about $61,603 per year in salary and benefits, according to city records.




City wants to replace old computer software

The City of Hagerstown is shopping for a software package to bring the city's computer system into the 21st century.

Scott Nicewarner, information technology manager for the City of Hagerstown, told the City Council on Tuesday that he has found about five software vendors whose proposals fit within the city's $800,000 budget. The existing software package has been used for about 25 years and needs to be replaced, according to city documents.

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Nicewarner said the new software would allow residents to pay their utility bills online, among other things.




Council discusses firetruck purchase

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday discussed spending about $381,011 to buy a new firetruck.

Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said the truck would replace a 1991 pumper truck.

City documents show that between $150,000 and $195,000 of the cost would be paid for by Western Enterprise, one of Hagerstown's volunteer fire companies.

The remainder of the cost would be paid for using Community Development Block Grants, according to documents.




Edgewood Drive fixes could cost even more

A $12 million project that involves building a new road and sidewalks at Edgewood Drive and U.S. 40 could cost the city more than expected.

On Tuesday, City Engineer Rodney Tissue told the City Council that the city's share of the project originally was estimated to cost about $2.4 million. That amount will increase about $385,000 to replace an aging waterline, he said.

Tissue recommended that the council approve replacing the line now, rather than building the road and tearing it up to replace the line later.

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