Athletic Field Can Be Artificial or Real Grass
Selectmen on Wednesday broadened the Athletic Field Study Committee's charter to allow it to consider various options for new athletic fields.
The Board of Selectmen Wednesday night voted unanimously to expand the charter of the Athletic Field Study Committee to allow its seven members to consider installing new natural grass for the field as well as artificial turf.
The committee was appointed after last spring's Town Meeting voted down a proposal to install an artificial surface to improve playing conditions and relieve stress placed on overused fields.
Selectman Glenn Kessler, who serves as liaison to the study committee, proposed the expansion in the charter because the committee members felt they were limited to studying only artificial field options.
The committee's recommendations are scheduled to be presented to selectmen on Valentine's Day. The field would be paid for by public and private funds.
The committee's goals also include looking at options to repair or replace the stands, recommendations for improvements that benefit sports including football, field hockey, lacrosse and soccer, and investigating grants and private donations.
The field committee has lost one of its seven members. Matt Bergeron has indicated he needs to resign from the committee because of work schedules, Kessler said.
Town Administrator Thomas Younger said he has not been notified, but would put up a notice on the town's web site.
Selectman Jill Sullivan said she had been approached by a resident who wanted to be considered for the committee.
The committee's remaining six members are Scott Faulkner, Doug Southerland, Chris Urbano, Linso van der Burg, Richard Feinberg and Mounzer Aylouche.
Originally, a total of 13 residents expressed interest in serving on the committee.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story indicated that Chris Urbano had resigned from the committee. Chris remains on the committee and Matt Bergeron has resigned.