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Stadium hits another snag

March 22, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

The quest for a new minor league baseball stadium hit another snag on Tuesday when the Washington County Commissioners said they weren't ready to approve funding for another study.

Hagerstown City Councilman Alfred W. Boyer asked the commissioners to contribute $190,000 toward the cost of a study the Maryland Stadium Authority would conduct before any hotel tax revenues could be used to construct a new stadium.

A bill before the Maryland General Assembly would require the study, but it had not been passed as of Tuesday, Boyer said.

The study would include a preliminary plan, an estimated cost, an economic impact review, a financial plan and a reuse or redevelopment plan for Municipal Stadium.

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Boyer said the study could cost $350,000 to $400,000. The city, which has already spent approximately $70,000 on the project, would contribute $120,000 from savings in the current budget.

Commissioner Bert L. Iseminger said he wanted to see private contributions to the stadium project before the county approved funding.

Commissioner John L. Schnebly said he wanted to know what the city and county were buying before they approved funding for the study.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said he would see if Kim McCalla with the Maryland Stadium Authority could come back to town next Tuesday to answer the commissioners' questions.

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