In The Wake Of Field Of Dreams, What's Next

With the election over, and the referendum defeated, where does that leave the Field of Dreams?

Perhaps the most resounding loss of this November's election was the defeat of the 'Field of Dreams' referendum. The unofficial count shows 2,858 votes were cast against it, while only 1,669 were cast in support of it.

At Monday's work session of the Mayor and Council, Mary McElroy and George Adelung -- both members of the Committee that worked on the Field of Dreams-- asked the council what their plan was now that the Field of Dreams referendum had failed to pass and given the fact that the town's current fields are often unusable after any type of inclement weather.

"Every time that our team has to relocate to another town because our fields are unplayable, that's money we don't get from snack bar sales," McElroy said.

Explaining that during the campaign, candidates talked about available grants to assist in the purchase the United Water property should it became available again, McElroy asked what those grants were and inquired whether there are grants available to rehabilitate the existing fields.

McElroy pressed, "During the campaign, many of you sitting around this table kept talking about grants that were available that could help with the purchase of the United Water property and rehab the current fields."

When faced with silence, McElroy continued, "I want to know what grants?"

The council agreed to have Marlene Casey, the borough's grant writer, come to the January work session to discuss grants that may be available to rehabilitate the borough's current fields.

Adelung told the council that the kids in New Milford deserve a decent field to play on and said, "You did nothing to support the Field of Dreams."

Councilman Diego Robalino said that the referendum was non-binding and it was up to the Mayor and Council to decide how to proceed.

Councilwoman Randi Duffie said that the council needed to come up with a plan to rehabilitate the current fields.

"We can't wait for the United Water property to maybe come up," Duffie said. "We need a plan."


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the education of 42 November 26, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I would imagine that Coming from NYC and WNY would make New Milford look like the sticks, but the place that I'm looking to retire to would consider New Milford the big, evil city. And for the record, Camden is in no way a nice place. The ball park is nice, however. The city is really frightful. I try to catch day light games only, but I have been there at night, and the thing that I learned is not to stop at the traffic lights; you will get shot at. The company for which you worked sounds like a people friendly place - STAY OUT OF CAMDEN! Seriously, you are better off never having been there. As for me, my life was easier when the Newark Bears were in the Atlantic League, but to see those games now, it's either Camden or Bridgeport. I have lived in New Milford for 55 years, and let me tell you, I have seen this town change radically. On weekends, I run, my route takes me through Brookchester, and from when my wife and I lived there 35 years or so ago, that place now resembles the projects. Now, that isn't to say that every inch of the joint is bad, but rememer, when this was built in 1950, no one thought that the place would still be standing today.
Ulises November 28, 2012 at 04:49 AM
A referendum is a electoral devices by which voters may express their wishes with regard to government policy or proposed legislation. Referendums can be phrased as wished, thereby, even if we don't own a property the voters can be asked if the opportunity arises, again, to purchased this property should we or shouldn't we.
scooby doo December 01, 2012 at 12:10 PM
The whole town benefits from increased property values if a good athletic facility is built. People who sell their homes will get more money. If they don't want to sell, then their heirs will get higher prices. The kids are playing for fun but should be able to play on a field that is not hazardous. The current fields are all unplayable after any rain. Even the high school game had to be played at Dumont last night. But the field should be by the high school, not the middle school.
the education of 42 December 03, 2012 at 05:30 PM
With all due respect, what you are telling me, Scooby do, is that regardless if market fluctuations, changes in tax laws, or anything that causes economic cycles, this field will increase the value of my home. The problen in many of these towns is that the house is affordable, the taxes aren't. How about if instead of a field the money was used to make this a blue ribbon school district; I am willing to be that will increase property values quicker than the field.


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