WARREN, NJ - A plan is in place to repair the field on Mountain Avenue where several sink holes have developed. A resolution to seek bids from contractors for the field repair project will be considered at the next meeting of the Watchung Hills Board of Education on Wednesday, March 16.
The field remains closed due to safety concerns. The size and location of the Mountain Avenue field made it a top pick after many options were considered.
“The operations committee went back and forth on this for two years and exhausted every option,” said board member Christopher Collins. “We just thought that while this is not the best solution, it was the best overall solution given our problem.”
Watchung Hills has been using the two turf fields in Warren at Duderstadt and East County.
“Most of the fields around us, we’ve tried and we haven’t had a lot of luck getting them to work for us. We’ve been able to use the Pop Warner football field from time to time and that’s part of the issue. We’ve used the fields so much while our's was closed that we’re starting to get push back for the maintenance of them," Business Administrator Timothy Stys said.
Stys said, "It’s optimal to bid now. If we did the work, seeded it in the fall and reseeded it in the spring, then the field would be ready by fall 2017, which is quicker than I imagined. It’d work out perfectly since the growing season is in the fall.”