Liverpool moves forward with stadium renovation proposal

Come February, voters in the Liverpool Central School District will get another chance to decide if the high school stadium, track and field will be repaired.

On Dec. 8, the board of education voted 7 to 1 (Colleen Pallotta was not present and Mike Murphy voted no) to approve the project as proposed by the district's stadium committee Nov. 24. The vote clears the way for district officials to put the proposal to a referendum to be held Feb. 26, 2009.

The new proposal trims what board member Donna Marsh O'Connor called "extras" -- new lighting, new scoreboard, new press box, more storage space and more concession space.

"This is really a bare-bones fix of what we already have," O'Connor said. "We will figure out a way to get the extras, maybe through a corporate sponsorship."

The pared-down proposal calls for an eight-lane, all-weather synthetic track; an artificial turf field (the subsurface slag and other unsafe materials under the track and parts of the field would be removed); and new bleachers.

The estimated cost for the project is $5.8 million. Of that, $200,000 would come from state Excel Aid, $1,240,000 from the district's capital reserve fund (which it needs voter approval to access) and $110,000 from the turf reserve fund. Because the project is 86 percent aid-able, there would be no tax impact.

Pared-down project

Superintendent Jan Matousek said the new proposal differs from those presented to voters in February and June of this year in that it has been scaled back significantly.

"The original proposal, the $6.3 million proposal, included the track and field and bleachers, but it also included lights, a scoreboard, renovations to the concession stand and press box and increased storage space," Matousek said. "Those are things that we've decided we might be able to get over time through fundraising and other efforts."

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