$1M grand­stands OK’d

Over­all project to build new sta­dium to cost at least $5 mil­lion

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

EARL TWP. >> The Boy­er­town Area School Board voted Nov. 27 to spend more than $1 mil­lion for new grand­stands at the new sta­dium be­ing built at the high school.

Although the fi­nanc­ing for the $5 mil­lion project has not yet been de­cided upon, the vote oc­curred to take ad­van­tage of an of­fer to skim $100,000 off the price of the new stands if the or­der was placed be­fore Dec. 1.

The board de­cided in June to move ahead with de­mol­ish­ing the old sta­dium, which de­vel­oped struc­tural prob­lems due to wa­ter in­fil­tra­tion.

The pack­age the board ap­proved dur­ing the meet­ing at Earl Ele­men­tary School is with Sta­dium So­lu­tions and in­cludes the home side grand­stands, the home side press box and a new hand­i­cap plat­form for the vis­i­tor side.

The price is $1,167,200 and there would be a three-year war­ranty on the grand­stand and its in­stal­la­tion, along with a one-year war­ranty on the press box. The vote was not unan­i­mous. Board mem­ber Ruth Dierolf, who said she likes the pack­age and agrees it is the right one for Boy­er­town, said she nev­er­the­less had to vote against it be­cause she has taken the po­si­tion she will not vote on any­thing un­til she knows the im­pact on the bud­get.

Board mem­ber Clay Breece was more ex­pan­sive in his op­po­si­tion, ty­ing it to what he said is the board’s spend­thrift ap­proach to bud­get­ing.

“I’m not vot­ing for new sta­dium. I think we need to

be fix­ing the sta­dium we’ve got,” said Breece.

“There are peo­ple on this board who have never met a spend­ing idea they don’t like,” he said. “We should be fix­ing the sta­dium we’ve got for $2.5 mil­lion, not spend­ing $5 mil­lion for a new one.”

Fix­ing the cur­rent sta­dium would be pen­ny­wise and pound fool­ish, said

board mem­ber Bran­don Foose, say­ing it could de­velop the same prob­lems in a few years.

“If we re­pair sta­dium, and a cou­ple years later, we have to re­place it any­way, that would be a huge waste of money,” Foose said.

The cur­rent plan is for the new sta­dium to be ready for the first foot­ball game in Au­gust of 2019.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The Boy­er­town Area School Dis­trict plans to tear down the dam­aged high school sta­dium and build a new one.

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