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The City Council will strengthen its contingent of parking-meter attendants, employing two persons full-time instead of the current three part-timers.

Public Safety Committee Chairman Anthony J. Raffa said Monday night the move is designed to help enforce parking rules during the winter months.

"We've added more work, especially during the winter months with alternate parking," he said. "We have not been able to do a thorough job in alternate parking in past winters. This year, we will have full-time staff to take care of that."

The attendants will make from $7.37 an hour to $11.42, depending on experience.

City lawmakers also accepted a $3,000 grant from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services for equipment and supplies for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program.

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