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Group asks city for rink subsidy

November 06, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

The organization operating the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex asked the Hagerstown City Council Tuesday to continue paying a $134,500 annual subsidy.

The council did not act on the request by the nonprofit Washington County Sports Foundation.

Roberta Rothen, the Sports Foundation's chairwoman, said the foundation's short-term goals include increasing public use, gaining additional corporate sponsors and partnering with community user groups.

The discussion also involved the vacancy of the executive director position.

David Bayles, who was hired for the job a year ago, stepped down about three months ago, according to Carl Langford, the rink's general manager.

Bayles was the seventh executive director or interim manager at the rink since it opened in August 1997. The position pays about $30,000.

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Hagerstown City Councilman Kristin Aleshire, the council's representative on the Sports Foundation board, said he did not think the rink needs an executive director because it is doing fine without one.

Rothen said the foundation may eliminate the executive director position and replace it with a part-time marketing position.

The city's agreement with the foundation includes a requirement for an executive director but that language can be changed when the agreement is renewed later this year, Finance Director Alfred Martin said.

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