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'Field Of Dreams' Presentation Hosted By Board Of Education

Boswell Engineering delivers presentation on the design and cost of the proposed 'Field of Dreams' during recent Board of Education meeting.

While voters will have the final say on a proposed multi-use athletic field—dubbed the 'Field of Dreams'-- to be built at David E. Owens Middle School (DEOMS), Kevin Boswell of Boswell Engineering made a presentation regarding its design during September's Board of Education meeting. This field would be a shared service between the borough and the New Milford Board of Education.

A PERC test was performed on the soil in June as a first step in determining if the DEOMS field can even be considered a viable contender. The results of that PERC soil test indicated that the middle school location would be an appropriate site for a turf field. 

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

According to Boswell, the plans include bleachers that can seat up to 800 spectators, a concession with accomodations for an ice machine, bathroom, visitor and home team meeting room.

Built into the design is a walking path that would circle the perimeter of the field for use by residents. 

Only two existing trees would be removed from the northeast corner; all other trees would remain.

Boswell said that the plan for the lighting system calls for six lights. Four lights for the football/soccer field and two lights for the softball field. According to Boswell, the proposed lighting system is considered to be the next generation and used by many municipalities and schools because "the direct light impact offsite will be virtually nonexistent." 

Boswell indicated that the plan includes adding 80 additional parking spaces to the existing 76, giving a total of 156 parking spaces--more spaces than New Milford High School currently has. 

One of the main concerns raised by residents was traffic during games. Boswell explained that it would be similar to what New Milford currently does to control traffic during games--surrounding entrances can be shut making spectators park away from the field if they do not get there early enough to get a parking space. 

Boswell said that if the bond gets approved, it would take 60 days to design the plans. The project would go to bid in March and be awarded in April. The work would be scheduled to start at the end of the school year with a completion date of October 2013.

Boswell will be delivering this presentation to the Mayor and Council. A date for that presentation has not yet been determined. 

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NEW MILFORD RESIDENTS- Some things to think about- 1. Can we wait to see what happens to our property taxes after this assessment?http://www.newmilfordboro.com/attachments/170_Assessor%20Reassessment%20Letter.pdf 2. Can we wait to see if the United Water Property becomes developed or not? - perhaps the builders will sponsor our high school field at the high school? OR -perhaps we will get our land back, build our park, sports fields, improve our quality of life? 3. Can we put more money in our town's reserves for emergencies?http://www.newmilfordboro.com/attachments/183_approved%20minutes%204.2.12.pdf 4. Can we see what renovations to our firehouses will cost? http://www.northjersey.com/community/announcements/168723086_New_Milford_Council_seeks_members_for_fire_house_expansion_committee.html
5. Can we work on bringing up the academic performance of our schools? can we see data for 2011-2012, can we lend more support to Michael Pollizi inside the classrooms? http://newmilford-nj.patch.com/articles/new-milford-falls-in-nj-monthly-high-school-rankings 6. Can we fix the flooding issues in other areas of our town (projects already in development that lack complete funding) (ie. Hirschfeld Brook) 7. What will happen to the old fields?They still need to be maintained right?Why is track team not important? 8. Please read: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/outdoors/synthetic_turf/crumb-rubber_infilled/fact_sheet.htm (turf burns are portals of entry for community acquired MRSA infection, increased frequency of high surface temperatures)
Denise October 05, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Dan-Had I been able to stay in NM, however, I couldn't since I receive disability benefits & could not afford a mortgage & increase in taxes. The 2 combined were more than I get receiving disability. Unforetunately I never had children. Now I know why the Senior Citizens in town vote "No" on everything, since if they did have kids, they are probably grown & not involved in the schools......P.S. I grew up in NM & would have invested in the community had I stayed, after all my Dad was a VOLUNTEER in NMFD #1.
robin commerford October 06, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Yes, people will walk to the games, but what about those that live in the area?? Sorry, but I don't want a football field in my back yard! How is this going to increase my property value? My property value is down $90,000! I can't afford any modest tax increase for an athletic field. What about the field by the town's library.. That seems to be a less crowded area.
robin commerford October 06, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I totally agree with you Barbara. There are alot of elderly people in this neighborhood and they don't need crowds of people in their backyard. If it was true that there are not alot of games, why bother spending the money on a new field. This town has plenty of athletic fields, there is not much more to this town! I will def be voting it down in November!

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