Vernon Voters Approve Artificial Turf, New Track For High School

VERNON, CT – A plan to replace the natural turf surface at Rockville High School Stadium with artificial turf and renovate the RHS track and field surface was overwhelmingly approved by voters on Tuesday.

The number was 336 votes in favor and 128 against.

Vernon City Council had previously voted to send the plan to a city assembly.

Construction could begin in the summer, school and community officials have said.

The total cost of the complex is $ 1,549,171. The current proposal to pay for the complex with available cash replaced a plan proposed a year earlier to lease the field before buying it in full.

To pay for the field, a total of $ 1,129,462 will be withdrawn from the one-time capital fund for the formation of a field turf surface and maintenance plan.

The remaining balance – $ 419,709 for a new track and field surface – will come from the municipal general fund.

Joseph Macary, superintendent of Vernon Schools, said an artificial surface would use the complex for 30 to 35 days due to less drainage and weather-related issues.

Macary said permanent soccer and football lines would be part of the field. Lacrosse lines are painted on seasonally, he added.

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