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Delegation hears project requests

December 01, 2000

Delegation hears project requests



By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer


Hagerstown-area business leaders on Friday pressed state lawmakers to lobby aggressively for Washington County.

Six of the eight local state legislators met with the Greater Hagerstown Committee Friday morning at Hagerstown Community College.

The topic was funding for local projects in the next state budget. Members of the committee urged the local delegation to treat the eight projects as a $15 million package.

The one possible exception is $6 million for a new minor league baseball stadium in Hagerstown. Stadium plans have hit snags and the project may be in doubt.

"That's not going to be a reality this year," said Greater Hagerstown Committee member Richard Phoebus, chairman of a stadium task force.

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The remaining $9 million - for projects including a downtown Hagerstown Civil War museum and an arts and entertainment district - should be within the local delegation's reach, Greater Hagerstown members said.

"We're not asking for the moon," said committee Chairman James Latimer, vice president of state affairs for Allegheny Energy and moderator of the discussion.

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