By JULIE E. GREENE
Hagerstown City Council members unanimously approved an emergency ordinance Tuesday night activating a 20-year lease agreement for a local nonprofit group to operate the ice rink at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.
The emergency ordinance was required because of the rink's anticipated opening on Aug. 15, said City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.
Normally, it takes an ordinance 30 days from approval to take effect, but city and rink officials didn't have that much time, said City Clerk Gann Breichner.
The lease wasn't ready for a vote earlier because city officials were waiting for Washington County Sports Foundation officials to meet certain conditions, including raising their share of the project's cost, said City Finance Director Al Martin.