MILLBURN, NJ - In a unanimous decision at a special meeting yesterday, the Millburn Township Committee cleared another major step in providing a turf field behind the Millburn Public Library.
Ordinance number 2540-19 was a bond ordinance which worked to authorize field at the library, as well as an adjacent parking lot that would be constructed. The total cost of the measure is $870,000 dollars, broken up into a down payment of $45,000.
The rest of the money will be made back by selling bonds in a total amount not to exceed $825,000 dollars. The field is slated to be deemed as useful for a period of 10 years starting from its completion before major repairs must be made.
For Recreation Director Bob Hogan, who was present at yesterday's meeting, the movement on the turf field represents a major step forward for him and his office.
'I imagine there'll be over a thousand kids a week using that field," Hogan said. "And we're looking for about then years of use out of it."
"The school will use it during the day and right after school for their freshman teams, and the community will come in and use it for the rest of the time."
Hogan confirmed the field would be lined for the following sports:
- Cross-Field Soccer
- Boys' Lacrosse
- Girls' Lacrosse
- Field Hockey
Hogan also said that while football may practice there from time to time, the township will not explicitly line the field for it. One major thing the field is expected to do is to help relieve crowding in scheduling, which Hogan noted.
"We've been at a deficit for fields for almost 15 years since lacrosse became so popular since soccer became fall and spring," Hogan said. "And now we're seeing baseball being played, typically spring and summer, now it's being played in the fall. So there's a lot of pressure n all the existing fields for more space.
"So by turfing it, you can pretty much double the use and you don't get rained out."
Millburn Mayor Diane Eglow was aloe excited about the upcoming project. in an email interview with TAPinto, Eglow said that she was excited for the competition of the project.
"I am very excited about the new turf field that is scheduled for this Fall install at the Library field,' Eglow said. "This is the first turf field to be approved in over 10 years, this will increase playing time availability, and on a much safer surface."
Eglow also took the time to note several key individuals in the municipal government for making the process run so smoothly.
"This was a joint effort by so many and I want to particularly thank Bob Hogan, Chris Drucker and Scott Redler from the Recreation Commission, and the BOE who all collaborated with myself and Alex McDonald, our Town Administrator, to move this project so quickly and smoothly for the benefit of all the township’s athletes."
The passage of Ordinance 2540-19 was the only action undertaken at the special meeting.