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Hagerstown City Council briefs

August 30, 2012

Hagerstown council OKs $195,814 for new city trucks

Hagerstown City Council members on Tuesday approved spending $195,814 for four new trucks for city operations.

The council approved purchasing two 2012 Ford Super Duty trucks at $69,357 each from Hagerstown Ford. One truck will replace Unit 206 in the water department and the other truck will replace Unit 216 in the water department.

The council also approved purchasing two 2012 Chevrolet Silverados at $28,550 each from Criswell Auto Fleet Sales in Gaithersburg, Md., to replace Unit 371 in the Parks and Recreation Department and replace Unit 330 at the golf course.

Square to close for Thunder in the Square vehicle show

Hagerstown City Council members on Tuesday approved closing Public Square on Sept. 28 as part of Thunder in the Square vehicle show.

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More than 1,000 vehicles were in the event last year. The inaugural show was hosted by the Alsatia Club and was part of the organization’s 100-year anniversary celebration as well as a fundraiser for other club events, such as the annual Mummers Parade.

Council members also approved closing Public Square on Sept. 29 as part of the celebration of the city’s 250th anniversary.

Council approves $27,330 for laptops in police cruisers

Hagerstown City Council members on Tuesday approved spending $27,330 for laptops for Hagerstown Police Department cruisers.

The laptops will be purchased from Brekford of Hanover, Md.

1.4-acre parcel transferred to Unilever

A 1.4-acre parcel was transferred to Unilever Manufacturing on Tuesday after Hagerstown City Council members approved an ordinance.

The land was used for a wastewater pretreatment plant.

In 1998, the city and Unilever, which recently closed its ice cream plant on Frederick Street, made an agreement to jointly build a wastewater pretreatment plant to serve the former plant, city Utilities Director Michael Spiker said previously.

The agreement was for a 10-year lease with an option to sell the plant — which cost about $850,000 to build — to Unilever, Spiker said.

The company exercised the option in 2001 but the land was never transferred to the company.

— Dave McMillion

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