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City approves funding for stadium study

September 28, 1998

Hagerstown City Council members voted 4-0 on Sept. 22 to make $50,000 in the city's Community Betterment Fund available to conduct a feasibility study for a new minor league baseball stadium, said City Clerk Gann Breichner.

The city will pay a Minneapolis firm, Conventions, Sports and Leisure International, $44,500 plus expenses to conduct the study.

The firm is expected to report its findings by Nov. 19. City officials need the study's results before the Maryland General Assembly begins its legislative session in January if they want to seek state funding for a new stadium.

City officials are trying to secure grants toward the cost and officials with the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce also indicated a willingness to help pay for the study, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman has said.

Council members Susan Saum-Wicklein, Lewis C. Metzner, J. Wallace McClure and Alfred W. Boyer approved the funding. Councilman William M. Breichner was absent.

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