Hagerstown briefs

February 06, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Recreation groups request funding

Hagerstown Recreation Facilities Coordinator Lewie Thomas on Tuesday asked the City Council for $67,312 to help fund play camp operations this year for three youth organizations.

The organizations and the amounts they asked for are:

· Hagerstown YMCA - $33,332

· Memorial Recreation Center Inc. - $18,980

· Girls Inc. of Washington County - $15,000.

The financial requests on Tuesday were $3,166 more than the organizations requested last year. The additional money is needed, in part, to send children on a trip to the Baltimore Aquarium.

The council gave its unofficial approval to support the funding and is to decide on the issue during a voting session later this month.


City staff works on restoration project

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave its permission to let city staff proceed with the cosmetic restoration of Steam Locomotive 202 at City Park.

About $10,000 of the project's estimated $12,000 cost will be paid for with funds from the estate of John Long, according to city documents. The remaining $2,000 will be provided by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

If everything goes as planned, the project will be completed by early May, according to city documents.

Locomotive 202 was built in 1912 and was donated to the city more than 50 years ago by the Western Maryland Railway.

Cromer wants to look at spending policy

Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer on Tuesday suggested the city council reconsider the policy that governs the amount of money each member is allowed to spend to conduct city business.

As it stands, each council member is allowed to spend $4,000 per year to conduct city business, which includes the cost of attending conferences. If a council member spends more than $4,000, however, he or she can use money that hasn't been spent from the account of a colleague.

"The way it's set up now, one person can go over budget, and the sky's the limit," she said.

The matter was dropped after a brief discussion.

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