In a meeting on Tuesday, the Hagerstown City Council approved a series of minor upgrades to Municipal Stadium, home of the Hagerstown Suns (Low A; Sally League).
Following a round of similar projects that took place before the 2016 campaign, the Suns sought to make more improvements before the 2017 season. Most of these changes cover some of the ballpark’s finer details. Both of the main restroom facilities will be upgraded, along with the lighting fixtures throughout the ballpark and the padding behind home plate.
In all the upgrades will amount to more than $38,000 in investment. To cover some additional lighting repairs, the city opted to redirect a portion of the Suns’ lease payment for 2017. More from the Herald-Mail:
[City engineer Rodney] Tissue said he does not believe the city can complete within its budget some other upgrades, including lights above the seats in the grandstand totaling $3,285 and some other random lighting improvements at a cost of $3,700.
Councilman Donald F. Munson suggested making the rest of the $6,985 in lighting improvements.
But the council decided to only make an additional expenditure for new grandstand lighting, bringing the total cost to $38,285.
The additional $3,285 will come out of next year’s lease money from the Suns, city officials said.
The Suns will pay $35,000 annually in each of the next two seasons to play at Municipal Stadium.