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Hagerstown Softball Association raises $50,000 for lights at Fairgrounds Park

November 21, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

The Hagerstown Softball Association has raised $50,000 to install lights at one of the three softball fields at Fairgrounds Park.

If the Hagerstown City Council approves, the lights could be up and running in April 2008, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said. The two other fields would be finished as the funding becomes available, he said.

Tissue told the council Tuesday that the lights would be connected to a power line that the city will run to the field from Cleveland Avenue. Program Open Space, a public program that awards funding to municipalities, will pay the estimated $40,000 cost to run the power line, he said

Tissue said the city would benefit from the proposal.

"We're getting improvements to our park at no cost to the city," he said.

In addition, Tissue said the lights would increase the value of Fairgrounds Park and its amenities.

Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean said she wanted to wait before voting until she reviewed the project. It seemed to her, she said, that the softball league agreed to raise more money for the project.

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"None of us remembers what was done," she said.

The council agreed to put the issue on the agenda for its voting session next Tuesday. Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the council could ask questions at that time.

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