November 7, 2012

Yarmouth voters back $1.5M upgrade to turf field

By Kelley Bouchard kbouchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

YARMOUTH — Yarmouth voters decided Tuesday to borrow $1.5 million to install a new synthetic turf football field at Yarmouth High School and $2.9 million to build an addition to the town’s public works garage on North Road.

The vote on the field was 2,898 to 2,502. The vote on the garage was 2,806 to 2,539.

The 10-year-old turf field, home of the high school’s championship boys’ soccer and football teams, is so worn that it requires regular patching, town officials said.

The 1950s public works garage is too small and outdated to meet modern safety and operational needs, which now include school bus maintenance, town officials said.

The town recently paid off two 20-year-old construction bonds – one for Harrison Middle School and the other for the upgraded sewage treatment plant – freeing up more than $800,000 a year that had been dedicated to debt payments.

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