By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer
WEST MIDDLESEX —
The West Middlesex School Board on Monday voted to spend up to $115,000 to match funds from a grant they hope to receive to renovate Richard Kritz Memorial Park.
The motion passed with a vote of 8-1. Board members Douglas Hazlett, Anita Booth, Ashley Rupert, Jack Grandy, Tracy Hemminger, James Hughes, Ryan Gelesky, Ted Hennessy and Glen Allen voted yes; Troy Mild opposed.
Mild said he voted “no” because he did not want to see the board put that much money into the fields and later decide to lay off a teacher.
Superintendent Alan Baldarelli, who missed the meeting, did not return phone calls requesting how the district would match the $115,000 it may receive from the grant. Board members refused to comment about where the grant was coming from and which school fund they would tap for the money.
The renovation would include the boys baseball field and the girls fast pitch field. Specific improvements include: erosion control, demolition, drainage, relocate and reset fences; install six-foot high fences. Both dugouts will be improved, and regrading of the restrooms and the pond platform would be necessary to make them handicap accessible.
The money would also allow for bleachers on a concrete pad to seat about 100 people and asphalt paving to allow for more parking space.
The board decided against installing artificial turf on the field because the fast pitch team said it inhibits their performance.
The application deadline is April 10 and if the grant is denied, the board said that the issue would probably be tabled.