The Taneytown City Council was told last night that the city's Rod and Gun Club Park property can accommodate three ball fields, three soccer fields and a tot lot.
But if one of the fields isn't reoriented, any pitcher who stands on its mound will earn the nickname "Squinty."
One field is situated in such a way that -- depending on the time of day -- the sun will shine directly in the pitcher's face.
And if the field is turned around to avoid the direct sunlight to the pitcher, fly balls could hit children playing in the planned tot lot.
Those were a few bugs that need to be worked out before any concrete plans for the park are made, said Carrol F. Ehrhart, a representative from David Miller/Associates Inc., the Lancaster, Pa., landscaping company hired to study the land and design the project.
Ms. Ehrhart presented a very preliminary plan for the new facilities, which officials hope to begin working on this fall, during last night's council meeting.
The facility will include three ball fields (with a maximum 300-foot radius), three championship soccer fields (one of which can double as a football field), and a centrally located tot lot to be used by the younger childer of parents watching the ball games.
Though the ball fields are possible, the plans are in the very earliest stages. Further study of the land could turn up other obstacles, Ms. Ehrhart said.
"The wetlands possibility, should there be any in the area, could change everything, pretty much," Ms. Ehrhart said.
Wetlands may also hamper parking space, she said. The plan outlines 100 spaces, but Ms. Ehrhart said the facility should have at least 200.
Mayor Henry I. Reindollar Jr. and the City Council will consider Ms. Ehrhart's comments and decide whether to turn the proposed ball field around.
The landscapers will do further investigating to see if there are any wetlands in the area.
In other action last night, the mayor and council voted to increase water and sewer rates. Councilman Henry C. Heine Jr. voted against the increase.
In-town water and sewer rates will increase from $1.75 to $1.95 per 1,000 gallons of water used. Out-of-town rates will increase from $2.65 to $3 per 1,000 gallons of water used.
The rate increase will appear on the Oct. 1 bill.
L Also, city officials approved a quarterly bulk trash pickup.
Bulky items will be picked up on the first Thursday of each quarter, starting Oct. 6. Subsequent pickups will follow in January, April and July.
All bulk items must be in front of residents' property by 6 a.m.
Residents will be charged 63 cents per quarter for the service. The charge will appear on the water and sewer bill.
Hazardous products such as paint, tires and batteries or items such as ranges, refrigerators, air conditioners, washers and dryers will not be collected.
Rubble and yard waste are also prohibited.
In other business, City Manager John L. Kendall told the council that a six-inch water line on Baltimore Street between Trevanion Road and the Sheetz Convenience store is leaking, but workers have not been able to find the site of the leak.
Work crews hope to locate it soon, Mr. Kendall said.