A lengthy discussion about water showed up at Hagerstown’s Mayor and Council work session yesterday

July 12 – It goes without saying that water is important. It’s particularly important when discussing new development in a city. 

That’s why Hagerstown Mayor and Council spent about 50 minutes talking about water yesterday afternoon in their work session. 

Hagerstown Mayor Tekesha Martinez explained, “It’s so important when you’re talking about building a new development close to Funkstown.” 

There has also been a discussion about building a new pump station with the American Rescue Plan Act funds the city received. 

Martinez said, “That pump station won’t be done until the end of next year. We’re talking about flow and function of water. I’ve learned so much about development and water.”

The Memorandum of Understanding with the county was discussed at a sudden meeting. 

Martinez said, “It was a very contentious place between the city and the county. It worked out. $1.2 million towards the parking deck that will go right towards the stadium, they’re offering that up. Then slowly we’ll dial back the contract that the city had been paying to the county. So that’s a huge win for me. When you see people that are two bodies that come to the table, and now work something out, and now there’s a win/win. No one’s losing.”

The stadium will be quite remarkable in Hagerstown. 

Martinez said, “I hear it’s going to be one of the best. I hear we’re getting a very, very nice stadium but it’s going to be one of the best in this league.”