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North Caldwell Council Reviews Turf Design Plans for Liberty Field

North Caldwell's Liberty Field is slated to be the site of a new turf field with an estimated completion date due in the spring of 2019. Credits: Bob Faszczewski

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Plans for the turf field to be built at Liberty Field in North Caldwell were reviewed by borough engineer Frank Zichelli and Councilman Joshua Raymond at the borough council meeting on Tuesday.

Zichelli said construction on the 84,660-square-foot field, to be surrounded by a cement running path, is expected to begin next August. Raymond said he hopes the new field will be ready for play in the spring of 2019.

The engineer added that the estimated cost of the project was $1.4 million—$500,000 more than earlier estimates this year, but much less than the original $1.7 million estimated cost.

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A member of the field design committee said the group had arrived at the final cost by enumerating a number of “nice haves” for the field in favor of those they felt would be most wanted and useful to the community.

Zichelli said the new facility could be home to numerous sporting events and the walking path would make the turf field more inclusive to a larger segment of the community.

Raymond added that two small soccer fields within the facility would enable two soccer games to be played simultaneously.

It also would include a full-size soccer field as well as field hockey and soccer fields in addition to the two baseball fields that currently exist at Liberty Field, which would be relocated to other areas of the turf field to keep the sun out a batter’s eyes.

Additionally, fans would be kept on the sidelines and only athletes would be allowed on the fields, he said.

The engineer noted that a four-foot fence would surround most of the field, with 10-foot areas of fencing erected where deemed necessary for safety reasons.

In response to a question from Councilman Arthur Rees, the engineer said it would be possible for the borough to apply for additional bonding to help finance the project once more solid cost estimates were received.

In another action at the regular meeting, the council unanimously adopted an ordinance prohibiting the posting of signs advertising landscaping, painting, architectural and other services on residential properties and prohibiting residents from being paid for the posting of such signs.

Real estate agency signs would be exempt from the ordinance because the mayor and council feel they serve a useful purpose in helping residents sell their homes.

The governing body tabled the introduction of an ordinance on licensing of landscaping services because borough attorney David Paris, Raymond and Councilman John Chiaia needed to meet in conference to clarify some technical definitions in the proposal.

To read more about this meeting, where a signed proclamation declaring June 2 of each year as Gun Violence Awareness Day in North Caldwell was presented, click HERE.

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