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Commissioners Vote To Help Turf Cardinal Stadium

The Upper Dublin Township Commissioners Voted Unanimously to commit $100,000 towards turf at Cardinal Stadium.

Commissioner Chet Derr brought forward an idea to partner with the Upper Dublin School District and commit $100,000 to turf Cardinal Stadium.

The District will already be working on the track, which needs to be completed by the end of 2013, in time for the track season.

Bob Danaher, a supporter of youth sports in the township, said to turf Cardinal Stadium would cost approximately $1 million, which includes engineering fees.

According to the Ambler Gazette, of the $1M, “Upper Dublin youth sports organizations have raised $375,000.”

While the school district has not committed to turfing the stadium, Danaher and Derr both said that the best time to do so is while the track is being redone.

The School Board has until their August meeting to vote on the turf for Cardinal Stadium, and will meet on July 23 at 7 p.m. in the Cardinal Room to discuss the project.

Derr was asking the Commissioners to place a $100,000 placeholder in the 2013 budget to show a commitment to the school district. However, if the district chooses to not go forward with the project, then the money goes back to the township.

Danaher said by using turf on the field, the use will increase by the district, and community use will be able to increase nearly 40 percent of the available hours.

The vote to put a $100,000 placeholder in the 2013 budget for the turf at Cardinal Stadium, was unanimous.

Joe July 16, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The school district has NO spare $$. The track needs to be redone for safety purposes, but turfing the football field is self serving by those proposing it. If they can raise all the $$ , fine, otherwise come back to reality. The Township has NO business putting $$ in the school district, they are a stand alone entity. Next they will raise our township taxes to help the school district.
chvolly27 July 16, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Really? Im glad we cant pay our teachers, but okay lets returf the field that just needs a little extra caring and nothing more. Track yes-field no
Debra Olson-Petersen July 20, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Haven't our school taxes gone up enough with the new HS. The School Board just loves to spend money. Income continues to go down, not to mention all the retired residence in UD who are on fixed incomes. House values continue to go down but our taxes continue to go up. Maybe our voters need to vote out the School Board who continues to spend outrageous amount of our money and bring in a group of people that are realistic. Our fields do not need to be returfed.

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