Norwell: Committee to request additional high school athletic field construction funds

The Norwell Athletic Field Committee appeared before the board of selectmen Wednesday night to request support for a town meeting article for additional funds to finish the construction of two new synthetic turf athletic fields, now under construction at the high school.

The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to support the article that calls for the town kick in $50,000, splitting the $100,000 cost of upgrading and fixing dangerous electrical conditions at the new fields.

The other half of the money would come from construction contingency funds.

The town has already appropriated $2.9 million to build the new fields.

Athletic Field Committee Chairman Glen Ferguson said the money is needed to fix dangerous deteriorating electrical poles, as well as other dangerous conditions.

“National Grid is concerned about the safety of the poles, knowing that it’s a passage way and walkway for students and pedestrians to come and go to a public access. During their improvement in putting in a new line, they’re also going to take care of putting in new utility poles that have severely deteriorated.

They’re also concerned that the easement the utility line goes down has really grown in and their worried about trees falling on the line as well. That’s all part of their project upgrade and I think now the key is to get it done for the fall football season.”

The electrical lines also provide power to the town’s cell tower.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.