Supporters celebrate a hard-fought battle for the fields.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
An agreement with the Haddonfield school board to install artificial-turf fields was unanimously approved Tuesday by borough commissioners.
Another milestone in the saga of artificial turf fields in Haddonfield was marked Tuesday night. The borough Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a shared services agreement with the local Board of Education for the installation and maintenance of two fields, one of which is on municipal property. The agreement clears the way for the installation of turf on the high school football stadium field and an adjacent practice field, which is owned by the borough. Commissioner Ed Borden hailed the project as a “cause for great celebration.” A cadre of residents, who sat through nearly two hours of other agenda items, including the passage of the 2013 municipal budget, didn’t see it that way. “When the school board and borough approved this …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Commissioners were scheduled to introduce a capital improvements ordinance with money to install a turf field at the high school.
A capital improvement ordinance including $397,000 for the installation of a turf field on a borough-owned parcel adjacent to the Haddonfield Memorial High School Campus was scheduled to be introduced Tuesday at a regular borough commissioners meeting. The funds are part of a $1.03 million capital improvement budget that will also repair roads and improve the front of the Municipal Hall at 242 Kings Highway East. The meeting was at the Municipal Hall. The turf field issue has been a lightning rod for criticism and debate. The commissioners and the borough school board approved a plan last year to fund half of the just over $1 million cost to install two artificial turf fields at the high school. The other half was raised by the Let's Turf …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Haddonfield borough commissioner meet in a work session.
The borough commissioner met Monday evening for a work session. The work sessions are typically meetings to discuss public policy and actions but not necessarily vote on resolutions or ordinances. No votes are expected in tonight's meeting. Agenda items included a scheduled discussion on the failed effort for a public purchase of the 19.2-acre Bancroft property. Voters rejected the purchase in a Jan. 22 bond referendum. The commissioners also plan to have a discussion about how to pay for the installation of an artificial-turf field on a property adjacent to the high school football stadium near Kings Highway East. They approved a plan in May to spend $356,000 as part of a just over $1 million project to install turf on their field and the…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Haddonfield BOE beats the deadline for a Jan. 22 bond referendum.
The Haddonfield Board of Education unanimously approved final language for a $12.5 million bond referendum in a sometimes raucous public meeting Thursday night at the high school library. The action clears the way for a Jan. 22 bond referendum for the purchase of the 19-acre Bancroft property adjacent to the high school. The joint purchase by the school board and the borough has been a lightning rod for criticism about the costs and priorities of the BOE and borough. The plan is to pair the $12.5 million bond with at least $3.5 million in state, county and local open-space funds for the purchase. With the passage, the board met a Dec. 13 deadline for the language to be forwarded to the state Department of Education for approval. Bancroft …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The inclusion of turf funding has drawn public criticism.
Haddonfield Board of Education President Steve Weinstein said Monday that $800,000 for the installation of artificial turf at the high school football stadium will likely be taken out of the $16.8 million bond referendum for the Bancroft property purchase. The funds will be removed because a private-public initiative to turf the field has raised $600,000. The BOE and the borough agreed over the summer to pay the balance of just more than $1 million needed to install turf at the stadium, and an adjacent practice field, if the private fundraising reached its goal. It exceeded its goal by $100,000. The Bancroft purchase will still likely contain $1 million for an additional artificial turf field, Weinstein said. The construction of the …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Haddonfield's commissioners approve $356,000 toward turf fields at the high school, in a move that draws both delight and disgust among resides on opposite ends of the playing field.
Two hours of passionate commentary at Tuesday’s borough commissioners meeting for and against spending taxpayer money on turf fields came down to a quick, unanimous vote: Haddonfield will fork over $356,000 to resurface the fields. Supporters leapt to their feet in a standing ovation after the commissioners cast their votes, cheering what they see as a vital step to promoting sports in town and protecting athletes from injury. Among those applauding were many student-athletes who took to the microphone to recount injuries, tripping over rocks and competitive disadvantages they all attributed to subpar grass fields. The commissioners’ vote allows the Turf Field Committee, a citizens group, to continue its fundraising efforts for the project…
Read what your neighbors had to say at Tuesday's hearing on turf fields. Then don't forget to share your own soundbite in the comments section.
Tuesday’s public hearing on whether Haddonfield should partially fund new turf fields drew a packed house to the normally sleepy borough commissioners meeting. With 30 residents speaking out for or against the project, and about 100 in attendance, there was plenty of passion to go around. There were also more sound bites than could ever be included in one article. Now that you’ve read our recap of the meeting, hear more of your neighbors’ opinions on the turf project, why residents do and don’t support it, and some of their questions. The comments here are presented in alphabetical order: “The playing fields in Haddonfield are overused and in terrible shape. … Turf fields will be an investment that individuals at all levels and in …