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County officials expected to vote on stadium plan

October 22, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

County officials expected to vote on stadium plan



The Washington County Commissioners' decision on whether to support building a new stadium at Hagerstown Municipal Stadium could come as early as Tuesday.

Commissioners John L. Schnebly and Bert L. Iseminger said they may be ready to vote Tuesday on the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce stadium task force's recommendation to build a new stadium at the Municipal Stadium site for an estimated $15 million.

They are the swing votes on the controversial project.

However, the stadium is not presently on the meeting agenda.

The task force presented its proposal Tuesday to a joint meeting of the Hagerstown City Council and Washington County Commissioners.

After the presentation, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said the county should make a decision within two to three weeks on whether to support the $15 million plan, which calls for $3 million in county funding.

A majority of the City Council supports the proposal.

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The County Commissioners' decision apparently hinges on the opinions of Schnebly and Iseminger, who have not publicly taken a position on the new plan.

Snook and William J. Wivell oppose the plan while Commissioner Paul L. Swartz supports the latest proposal.

Schnebly said he hopes to reach a decision by Tuesday. Iseminger said that is his goal as well. If he can't stake out a position by Tuesday then he would have one ready by the following week, Iseminger said.

"I need to determine on my own if a $15 million investment at that site is appropriate. That's what it is all coming down to at this point," Iseminger said.

The commissioners voted 3-2 in May to support funding of a new stadium, but at that time it was thought the stadium would be built at a new site. Wivell and Snook voted against that proposal.

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