HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved eight motions during its regular session meeting, including the acceptance of a $625,000 federal grant that will allow the Hagerstown Police Department to hire five new police officers.
The COPS Hiring Grant, administered through the U.S. Department of Justice, was awarded to the city earlier this month and provides the city with money to hire five post-9/11 military veterans for three years, plus a mandatory retainment period the following year.
The grant, however, does not cover the full yearly cost for salary and benefits for full-time officers, which is approximately $51,000. The remainder of costs over that period would be paid out of the city’s School Zone Photo Enforcement Fund, which is a General Fund item.
Also approved by a 5-0 vote Tuesday night were:
• The introduction of an ordinance that would rezone two small tracts of land on East First Street for existing businesses;
• A resolution allowing the city to submit three possible projects for consideration for the 2013 Community Legacy Grant program;
• A resolution for a lease agreement for the Rhubarb House at 12 Public Square;
• Acceptance of a $22,000 Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant, which will be used for costs associated with the city’s part of the Washington County’s Watershed Implementation Plan;
• An emergency procurement in the amount of $49,377 for the recently completed facade at 36-40 N. Potomac St., which was found to be structurally unstable and in danger of collapse;
• A contract not to exceed $610,000 for the 2012 Pavement Preservation program to Craig Paving Inc. of Hagerstown;
• Require utility work at 60 W. Washington St., which is currently undergoing renovations as it is transformed into a city-run small business incubator.