Falmouth Town Meeting to Consider New Turf Field; Operating Budget

FALMOUTH – The effort to get an artificial turf field installed at Falmouth High School has been in the works for years and now town meeting voters will have the final say.

At tonight’s meeting, residents will be asked to approve the $3.1 million project through a temporary tax increase.

Recreation Committee Chairman Robert Brown told selectmen that the produce is easier to maintain and much more sturdy than a traditional grass surface.

“It can handle 750 uses compared to 180 on a grass field,” he explained, “An artificial field can take the place of three regular fields.”

Brown went on to contend that the field would save the town money in the long run.

“As time goes on, more and more schools are converting over to turf, and of course one of the beauties of the turf if you can play in pretty much any weather conditions and the turf is the same,” said Mike Duffany, one of the residents spearheading the project.

In addition to the 235 by 390 square-foot turf surface, the project also includes new bleachers, fencing, lighting, a concession stand with restrooms, and a new press box.

Town meeting members will vote on 49 warrant articles beginning, including the town’s $132 million FY19 operational budget.

Town neeting will be held at the Lawrence School auditorium at 113 Lakeview Avenue. The meeting begins tonight at 7 PM.

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