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Hagerstown briefs

November 10, 2009

City Council discusses stadium naming rights



HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday discussed a draft amendment to the Hagerstown Suns lease agreement.

If approved, the amendment would grant the Hagerstown Suns the right to sell naming rights for Municipal Stadium.

The city would be approving the requested sponsor, City Attorney Mark Boyer said. The Hagerstown Suns would like information about the approved sponsor to be kept confidential, so they can announce it should a sponsor be acquired, Boyer said. Because of the open meetings act, it would be difficult to keep the sponsor confidential unless the sponsor wasn't approved by the council but by staff, Boyer said.

Tuesday's discussion was to determine if the amendment should be put on the agenda for approval for the council's Nov. 24 session, Boyer said.

Hagerstown City Councilman William Breichner said he has a problem with changing the name of Municipal Stadium.

He also questioned who would cover the costs of changing signs that currently direct drivers to Municipal Stadium.

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The council is set to discuss the issue again at next week's meeting.

Book would highlight city's role in Civil War



HAGERSTOWN -- To promote Hagerstown and celebrate the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Civil War, city staff would like to put together a book featuring photographs illustrating Hagerstown's role in the war.

Many images have been collected for the city's ongoing project involving historic interpretive markers, Planning Director Kathleen Maher said.

The publisher, Arcadia, would handle the production and printing costs, she said.

The proposed book would be released in 2011, Maher said.

-- Erin Julius

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