A new Middletown baseball field will likely be named for a Frederick company, under an agreement with the local athletic association.

The Middletown Valley Athletic Association is prepared to enter into an agreement with the WLR Automotive Group to pay for the building of a second baseball field at Middletown’s Remsberg Park.

The town’s commissioners voted unanimously at a workshop Thursday night to allow the association to move forward with the deal for the field’s construction.

Under the terms of the agreement, the MVAA would pay the $25,000 cost of the field’s construction, and WLR would pay the MVAA five payments of $5,000 over five years.

In return, WLR would get the naming rights to the field.

Donnie Delauter of the MVAA told the burgess and commissioners Thursday that the association has the money to pay for the construction of the field, with WLR repaying the amount over five years.

Commissioner Jennifer Falcinelli asked if the space at the park is big enough for the field that’s proposed.

The MVAA works with younger children, so the field wouldn’t have to be as big as the park’s original plans, Delauter said.

Self-storage zoning

The burgess and commissioners will consider language at their meeting Monday to address a conflict in the town code’s regulation of self-storage units in commercial areas.

The code has conflicting rules for overseeing self-storage sites in the town’s General Commercial zones, with one section allowing the sites as a principal use if they’re approved by the town’s Board of Appeals, while another section states that may only be allowed as an accessory use.

The discussion comes as a preliminary site plan has been filed for a project that would include self-storage units on a property next to the Town Center Plaza Shopping Center along U.S. 40 Alternate.

In such situations, the more recently enacted of the sections is generally considered to be the one in force.

Since the section making the storage sites a principal use was enacted in 2007 and the other in 1997, the town could either consider that the proper definition in the code, it could remove the line from the other section that creates the inconsistency, or it could reconsider the whole issue of self-storage and create a new ordinance based on what the current commissioners want to do.

There were differing opinions at a recent joint meeting between the commissioners and the town’s Planning Commission, but the majority seemed to lean toward removing the line that creates the inconsistency, Town Administrator Drew Bowen said Thursday.

But there was also a desire to change some definitions, he said, and on Monday the town will consider language to send to the town attorney.

Follow Ryan Marshall on Twitter: @RMarshallFNP.

Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

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