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Artificial Turf and Lights Committee Aims for June 1 Construction Start Date

The building committee for the artificial turf and lights project at Tolland High School had its first meeting on Tuesday night.

Construction on Tolland High School's artificial turf field and lights project could begin by June 1, according to preliminary estimates from the project's building committee.

At its first meeting on Tuesday, the committee members worked out a schedule that would make the field ready for use in the fall of 2013.

The town will have to put out a request for qualifications proposal for engineering firms sometime in February in order to get the project in gear. Once an engineer is engaged and a design is created, the town would then go out to bid for a contractor to complete the work.

THS Athletic Director Patrick Cox said that the athletic field could be closed for construction by June 1 or possibly Memorial Day weekend. The deadline for completion is potentially August 15.

The majority of the project's funding, a total of $700,000, comes from state grants awarded to the town. The funds can only be used on the project for which they were designated.

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Additionally, Tolland sports clubs will be paying back the town $300,000 in bonded money to complete the project. The first payment of $30,000 is due in July, according to Town Manager Steven Werbner.

A proposed joint management plan between the town and school district has yet to be approved by the town council and school board.

q January 30, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Louie - you should read the actual proposed agreement. It says "which will be used for the sole purpose of reducing any future increases in pay to participate" Future increases - not reducing what we pay now. Also, read the pending minutes from the BOE 1/23 meeting - section F3. A board member questioned the "tight focus" on pay to participate fees since they might want to use that money for purchasing equipment. So far I haven't seen any evidence this will actually lower ptp. Do you know how much profit there will actually be? Does anyone?
Bob S January 30, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Steven, no matter what you call it (bonding or STEAP grant or the general fund) and no matter what level it's from (state or federal), it is still tax money that we at a town, state and country level pay too much of.
Louie January 30, 2013 at 10:43 PM
q, no one can "guarantee" profits.
Jayme Kunze January 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM
An estimate on profits from previous Tolland Patch coverage: "Town staff projected that given a flat rental fee of $120 per hour to let outside groups use the field, the athletic field would generate about $83,000 in one year. If costs such as a field supervisor, portable toilets, marketing, lighting and a contribution to the field capital fund were taken into account, the field would still create about $28,000 in profit its first year, according to the agenda." http://tolland.patch.com/articles/council-moves-forward-with-investment-grade-audit-of-town-buildings
Jayme Kunze February 01, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Thank you, Jim! Sorry for that mix up. I will correct the story shortly.

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