$1M grandstands OK’d
Overall project to build new stadium to cost at least $5 million
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.
The Boyertown Area School District plans to tear down the damaged high school stadium and build a new one.