Vote set on ice rink

November 13, 1996



Staff Writer

Hagerstown City Council members will vote next week on funding and a location for a proposed ice rink at Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

Washington County Sports Foundation Director Walter Dill proposed having the rink built on the northern section of the stables area near Security Road in response to an earlier suggestion by the owners of a nearby home.

Officials said moving the rink farther from the home, Greystone Manor, coupled with the addition of a berm and a row of 10-foot pine trees, should help eliminate the sight and sound of the rink from the home owned by Ray and Jackie Snouffer.


City Council will hold a public hearing at the 7 p.m. regular meeting on Tuesday concerning the $3.9 million general obligation bond city officials propose issuing. Of that, $1.2 million could go for construction of the rink.

The city would be reimbursed for the cost of construction through rent payments made by the foundation, which would operate the rink. The foundation also would contribute $500,000 toward the rink's construction.

The Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution to issue the $3.9 million in bonds at next Tuesday's meeting.

City officials also agreed informally on Tuesday to pursue issuing the bond through a competitive negotiated sale with a bank chosen through a bid process.

Historically, city officials issue bonds through public sale, said City Finance Director Al Martin. By negotiating a sale with a bank, city officials will be able to get a lower cost at a lower interest rate, he said.

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