LM school board ap­proves multi-sport field agree­ment

The Globe - - POLICEREPORTS - By Caitlin Burns

Au­di­ence mem­bers broke into ap­plause as the Lower Moreland Board of Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved the shared fa­cil­i­ties agree­ment for the new multi-pur­pose Jan. 16. The new field, which will be lo­cated in the south­east cor­ner of Lower Moreland High School and use some of the land near Fair­way Farms, has been a project of the town­ship for sev­eral months.

“We came up with fa­vor­able terms we could agree on,” board of com­mis­sion­ers Pres­i­dent Rob De­Mar­ti­nis said. “I feel very good about it.”

The project is in con­junc­tion with the Lower Moreland Board of Com­mis­sion­ers. The field will be used by both the town­ship and school district, along with the Huntingdon Val­ley Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion. It will also be open to the pub­lic.

Ac­cord­ing to former Town­ship Man­ager Rick Mel­lor, the new field will help al­le­vi­ate pres­sure on some of the other fields in the town­ship and school district. The plan for the new field in­cludes do­nated ma­te­ri­als from Al­lan My­ers Amer­i­can In­fra­struc­ture, which has do­nated dirt from con­struc­tion at lo­cal prop­er­ties to help cre­ate a level field. Mel­lor es­ti­mates the cost of ma­te­ri­als and la­bor do­nated is be­tween $ 500,000 and $ 700,000. Ad­di­tional help to fund to the project will come from HVAA as a con­tri- bu­tion for fu­ture us­age.

The field will be made of syn­thetic ma­te­rial and serve as a multi- sport field, so it will not be lim­ited to one type of sport. The or­ga­ni­za­tions agreed to use a syn­thetic field since it will be able to han­dle heavy us­age with­out se­ri­ous main­te­nance.

Dur­ing the busi­ness meet­ing, the com­mis­sion­ers also ap­proved a Feb. 20 pub­lic hear­ing date in or­der to re­zone the area for park and recre­ational use.

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