Four former Washington County commissioners are lobbying to rename an arena inside Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center after former coach and athletic director Jim Brown.
The former commissioners asked the current commissioners Tuesday to send a resolution of support to the HCC Board of Trustees.
Reading from a four-page summary, former Commissioner John Salvatore listed Brown’s accomplishments for HCC, the county and the Boy Scouts.
Near the top of the list was Brown’s work in creating the ARCC, a popular venue for sports, high school graduations and other community activities.
The county contributed $4.5 million for the project and the state gave $1 million, Salvatore said. Private investors added hundreds of thousands of dollars. The building was given to HCC.
“It was Jim Brown that spearheaded the whole thing,” Salvatore said.
“Jim Brown probably was the ultimate mover in getting this project going — in the first place, getting it funded, and getting it completed,” former Commissioner Richard Roulette said. “And if there’s anyone that deserves recognition, he certainly does.”