Lynda Evans at The Liberated Conservative Woman has done us a great service by writing this report on a pre-meeting (a “citizen think tank”) that occurred last night in Hagerstown. Evans represented the Hagerstown Tea Party at the meeting of Republicans, Democrats, candidates for public office and just ordinary citizens who live in the vicinity of the proposed stadium.
Tonight I was invited to attend an impromptu meeting of community leaders and candidates for mayor and city council who are concerned about the proposed new Suns stadium…for whatever reason. Since the community meeting tomorrow night is a presentation by the current elected city officials who have already decided that a new stadium is the best path for the Hagerstown community and taxpayers, I wanted to attend a pre-meeting where I could actually have a voice. I was told that the media would be there. I had my doubts that they would show, but they did. I am anxious to see if it was covered adequately and fairly.
Those running for office who were in attendance were David Gysperts (D) for mayor and five candidates for city council: Penny Nigh (D), Jonathan Burrs (R), Kristin B. Aleshire (D), Jeffrey Coney (R), and Chris Kelly (R). County Commissioner Terry Baker (R) was in attendance but left early. Also in attendance was myself representing the Hagerstown TEA Party; three residents of the C.W. Brooks Building, which is a 60-unit building for seniors located at 45 W. Washington Street; three long-time residents/homeowners on Summit Avenue; petition creators Barbara Hovermill and Julie Rivett; and four relatively shorter-term residents of the area.
Evans then gives us a very thorough report on what the various attendees said about their views of the stadium plan. Noticeably absent were any elected Delegates or our State Senator Chris Shank. Attendees were anxious to know their positions on the use of Maryland tax dollars for the project. Waiting until the legislative session begins in January to learn their positions on state funding seems to me to be unacceptable (will the Dems in the State legislature shove this project down our throats against the wishes of the delegation, I doubt it). Evans continued and wrapped up:
It is crony capitalism!
I stated that I was there to represent the Hagerstown TEA Party and that we do not support public funding for this project. I feel that the Suns team is a private business that is getting preferential treatment. It is crony capitalism.
She then urges everyone to attend the meeting tonight even if the Mayor and Council are hell-bent on building this massive and expensive project in the heart of downtown Hagerstown.
It is an insult and a scam on the community.
That said, everyone still needs to show up and be heard and make a public record of your questions and concerns. The meeting starts at 6:00pm at Hagar Hall to the rear of the Clarion Hotel at 901 Dual Highway. See you there!
Read it all here.
All of our previous references to the controversial stadium plan are here.