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Residents asked for suggestions as city eyes name changes

June 04, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday called on residents to suggest names for city facilities, such as the ballfield at Municipal Stadium.

Councilman N. Linn Hendershot suggested the city consider renaming facilities after people or businesses that have had impacts on Hagerstown. The rest of the council agreed it might be a good idea.

The city does not want to name facilities after corporate sponsors, Hendershot and City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said.

The first step is for people to suggest names for facilities ranging from Dual Highway to the lake at City Park to the police station, Hendershot said.

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The council then will decide whether to rename some facilities or add to current names, Hendershot said.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he was not sure residents would approve of renaming something as important and historic as City Park. Surely the city and the Washington County Board of Education can come up with better names for schools than Eastern and Northern, he said.

Council members said they would like a Hagerstown Hall of Fame to be established to honor athletes, business leaders and others who have helped the city or made the city proud.

The city asks people with name suggestions to contact city spokeswoman Karen Giffin at 301-739-8577, ext. 116, e-mail kmg01@hagerstownmd.org or write to her at City Hall at 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740. Hendershot said messages should include the reason the person deserves the honor.

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