After two years of delay, it's time for Washington County's local officials to make a yea-or-nay decision on a new minor league baseball stadium. We say "yes," for several reasons.
Minor league baseball has been a Hagerstown tradition for more than 20 years, contributing a great deal to the quality of life here. If the current franchise leaves, it's unlikely another will be located here, with the Frederick Keys so close.
The Hagerstown Suns' owners have been patient. Despite an escape clause which allowed them to break their lease if the club didn't meet attendance targets at Municipal Stadium, they didn't pull up stakes. Instead they signed two one-year agreements, in hopes that a more permanent arrangement would be forthcoming. It's unlikely they'll sign a long-term pact without the promise of a more modern facility on Interstate 81.
We expect to hear that the community can't afford a new $10 million stadium when the county has a $53 million water and sewer debt. That problem is serious, but to every public works project on hold until it's solved would be a mistake, especially before funding options have been fully explored.