Mayor and Council Unaware of BOE 'Field of Dreams' Presentation

Mayor and Council unaware that Boswell was hired to give BOE presentation on the 'Field of Dreams.'

During the September 24 meeting of the mayor and council, Mayor Ann Subrizi said that they were not made aware that the Board of Education (BOE) had hired Boswell Engineering to give a presentation on the 'Field of Dreams' that is being proposed for the David E. Owens Middle School (DEOMS).

The Athletic Field Committee had recommended to the mayor and council in February that the David E. Owens Middle School is the location best suited to support a new multi-purpose community field. This field would be a shared service between the borough and the New Milford Board of Education.

The committee is comprised of townspeople, Superintendent of Schools Michael Polizzi, representatives from the Board of Education, NMHS Athletic Director Joe Ricciardelli and football coaches. 

The multi-purpose field would be a turf field and include a soccer, football and baseball field, in addition to two softball fields. 

Costs are estimated to be between $1.8 million (for clearing of site and the installation of a synthetic turf field) to $3 million with the installation of lights, bleachers and a bathroom.

Until the project is approved and officially goes out to bid, the costs are estimated based on current market trends and the auditor's report. Should the project go out to bid, the costs could be lower, officials said. Grants and possible corporate sponsorships are also being explored to reduce the costs. 

The annual cost to homeowners is estimated to be between $62 and $70 per year for 10 years on an average house valued at $410,000.

Over the course of several meetings, borough attorney Mark Madaio said that in order to proceed with the writing of the grants to help fund the field, there has to be a memorandum of understanding between the borough and the Board of Education, as well as a lease agreement between the two.

The mayor and council discussed that if the borough receives a grant for 75 percent of the cost they will have to fund approximately $600,000, plus the fees to the grant writer. 

During its July meeting, the mayor and council agreed that the language of the referendum should reflect that only an amount up to $3 million would be authorized for the proposed project — any projects that exceed the cost of $3 million would be put off.

To clarify the referendum that will be on the Novemeber ballot -- it is a non-binding referendum meaning that even if it passes, the Mayor and Council still has the authority to decide whether or not to move forward on it.

Also, as discussed during previous meetings of the Mayor and Council, although the field would be shared between the Borough and the BOE, the funding would come entirely out of the municipal budget. 

robin commerford October 08, 2012 at 07:59 PM
you got that right tony mac!
Bucktail October 08, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Tony what's the matter with you? You're only looking at a possible $150.00 per month increase in taxes between buying the UW property and also developing a new field behind the middle school, if the grants don't come in, for the next 7 to 10 years only - that's all.. I don't know why you're concerned, The value of your house will assuredly go down in the new assessment and with these projects, your taxes will go up! What more can you ask for? I think what we have here are two groups which can only see their own selfish wants and to hell with the rest of the town taxpayers.
tony mac October 08, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Het buck tail. What was I thinking? Let me take my monthly pension check and just sign it over to the boro! I might get used to eating dog food
karen October 09, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Frankly, I hope the FOD gets voted down. I feel sorry for the residents by DEO. I wouldn't want the noise on game days nor the additonal traffiic. Good luck trying to sell your home if that gets passed. I personally would not buy a house by a field because of the above. I don't care how many games there are. I live a mile from Bergenfield HS and a couple of weeks ago I was in front of my house and I could hear the band playing. I think the boe needs to focus more on district rankings and pour their time and energy into getting us back where we should be. Athletic fields are not something we are being graded on. congrats to knights football, wow, 5-0.Goes to show you the field doesn't make the team, its the players. This goes to show you the mentallity us Americans are, we always want bigger, better, state-of- the-art. Sadly, though we may loses some neighbors because they will not be able to afford the extra$$$. But at least we will have a new field.
NM Resident October 22, 2012 at 03:32 PM
FOD, Please take a step back and realize the original UW/ FOD location has promise again. Perhaps with current local news (lurings) it is not too much to ask for DEO/ FOD advocates to be more sympathetic, even more caring, to the local DEO neighborhood residents who are expressing concerns about having thousands more transient cars parking around their homes over the course of the year. Seems to me whenever anyone who lives in the local area expresses these concerns (parking/ crowded streets, overcrowding) they are attacked with rhetoric about "NIMBY" and "how they don't care about the needs of the football kids of NM" or about how public streets are not owned by the resident, and therefore open game for whatever the FOD needs. Seems to me, the opposite is actually true and these local residents care a great deal about their kids and their neighborhood. I think the FOD advocates are doing their best to provide for the kids and have good intentions, but they could take a step back and realize the UW property, The ORIGINAL location THEY proposed for the FOD, could be back in play for the residents if everyone works together. The DEO/FOD proposal isn't going to disappear if it doesn't happen before the UW property is fully resolved- right? Let's all care about ALL of our neighbors and ALL of the KIDS and families of NM. The UW property is in a much less residential neighborhood, and has much better access in and out that can be monitored and controlled.


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