City briefs

April 02, 2003

City Council OKs batting cage for Suns

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave informal approval to a request to build a covered batting cage at Municipal Stadium for the Hagerstown Suns at an estimated cost of $17,000.

At its March 18 meeting, the council delayed a decision on the request because council members said they wanted to know how much the city has spent this year on stadium work. Finance Director Al Martin said the city has $30,350 budgeted for stadium improvements but is doing about $30,000 of work already, not including the batting cage.

Martin said the city could pay for some of the expenses of the batting cage with $10,000 budgeted, but not spent, on planning and design money for a new stadium.

Council members told Martin to use that money, plus money from the city's contingency fund, to pay for the expenses.

The request was made by the San Francisco Giants but the Suns also support it, Hagerstown Suns General Manager Kurt Landis told the council. The Suns are a Class A affiliate of the Giants.


Unlike most teams in their division, the Suns do not have a covered batting area for team members to use during inclement weather, Landis said.

Suns get OK to host country music concert

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday authorized the Hagerstown Suns to have country singer John Michael Montgomery perform a concert at the city-owned Municipal Stadium on July 5.

Hagerstown Suns General Manager Kurt Landis told the council that the event is not intended to make a profit as much as it is to get people to go to the stadium who might not have been there in several years. The hope is that those people will like what they see and return to the stadium for baseball games, he said.

Meeting broadcast with no glitches

Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council work session was broadcast live, as scheduled, with no glitches, city spokeswoman Karen Giffin said.

The only problem came when people forgot to speak directly into the microphones, she said. When that happened, Giffin said, she would go into council chambers from an adjacent room, which contained video equipment, to remind people to use the microphone.

The problem became a running joke, with Mayor William M. Breichner jokingly pleading with people to speak into the microphone before Giffin came back in to nag him.

The City of Hagerstown broadcast parts of the March 18 City Council work session live on the community access channel to test new video equipment, Giffin said. That broadcast did not include sound, she said.

The March 25 meeting was broadcast live because the city was testing both the video and audio equipment, and both worked fine, she said.

The work session on April 8 at 4 p.m. will be the first meeting both shown live and then repeated on a community access channel later in the week, Giffin said.

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