CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

January 05, 1993

Free holiday parking is called a hit

Free parking in downtown Westminster during the holidays got a good reception from shoppers, said Kathleen R. Campanella, promotions director for the Westminster Business Association.

Parking meters did not have to be fed from Thanksgiving Day through Jan. 1 as part of a City Council-supported effort to bring shoppers downtown for the holidays. City Finance Director Stephen V. Dutterer estimated the revenue loss at $4,000.

Ms. Campanella said individual merchants made it a point to publicize the free parking. She said that whenever she saw anyone feeding a meter, she told them to put away their money, "and people were delighted."

She said she has not yet heard how well holiday sales went for downtown merchants.

FIRE

*Westminster: Westminster responded to an auto fire on South Center Street at 12:49 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 22 minutes.

Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on Mount Holly Drive at 8:58 a.m. Monday. Units were out for 26 minutes.

Westminster and Hampstead responded to a chimney fire on Old Manchester Road at 7:02 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 30 minutes.

Westminster and Reese responded to a house fire on West George Street at 6:51 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 26 minutes.

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