Groundbreaking scheduled for baseball field project

By Ryan Cornell

MIDDLETOWN — Work will begin on the town park’s new baseball fields later this month.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the project, which is funded and proposed by the Team 84 Athletes nonprofit, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 27.

Middletown Town Council signed off on an updated lease agreement with Team 84 Athletes and approved phase one of the project’s metes and bounds at a work session on Monday.

According to the lease, the new field would be used “solely as a recreational park for youth sports and the Amateur Athletic Union baseball league for baseball and softball” over a 20-year term.

It further states: “It is anticipated that the existing field shall be leveled by the Lessee [Team 84 Athletes], fencing installed, dugouts constructed and installed, construction of a press box, concession stand and parking. No exterior lighting is contemplated in this agreement. This agreement contemplates an additional challenger baseball field for construction at a later time.”

Council members also discussed sending a letter to the Frederick County Board of Supervisors to address the expanded sewer and water service areas covered by the county’s sanitation authority.

Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh said the letter will request how the town can work together with the county on providing these services to citizens outside the town limits.

“We just want to make sure they’re getting one voice as opposed to each councilor writing a letter,” he said.

In other business, Town Council:

  • Received a citizen comment from Middletown resident Carl Robinson, who said drivers weren’t obeying stop signs at the intersections in front of the Liberty station and the hotel, and that they were posing a danger to bicyclists
  • Approved regulations for the out-of-town water and sewer line inspection and corrections
  • Approved an administration fee of $30 for sign permits

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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