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Holiday house tour raises $10,500 for Carroll Hospice

Westminster's biennial holiday house tour last month raised more than $10,500 for a local charity.

At a Common Council meeting Monday night, assistant city planner Erik Fisher presented an oversized cardboard check to Carroll Hospice, the recipient of this tour's fund-raising efforts. Carroll Hospice provides home care to terminally ill patients.

Fisher said the city sold 1,200 tickets as eight homeowners on Willis and Court streets opened their doors to the public Dec. 4.

Westminster council OKs bids for police vehicles

The Westminster Common Council has approved two bids totaling about $192,000 to purchase nine police vehicles.

At a meeting Monday night, four council members unanimously approved the recommendation from city finance director Joseph Urban. He said eight 2005 Ford Crown Victoria automobiles - three unmarked and five marked patrol cars - and one 2005 Chevy TrailBlazer sport utility vehicle would be purchased.

Urban recommended the lowest bidder, Miller Brothers Automotive, as the seller of all the vehicles except the SUV, which will be sold by Criswell Chevrolet. Urban said both vendors hold contracts with state agencies.

Miller Brothers' bid was $171,454 for the eight cars, while Criswell Chevrolet's bid was about $21,000 for the SUV.

The council also approved spending more than $18,000 for police lights for the vehicles.

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