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Fields Referendum: What You Need to Know

Parsippany residents go to the polls to decide if the township's high schools will get their Fields of Dreams.

Two months past Parsippany's last trip to the polls and more than a year after the town's Fields of Dreams debate began, residents are being asked to cast votes again: The Board of Education holds its special referendum Tuesday to decide the fate of its $7.7 million proposal for athletic improvements at Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School

What's proposed is a package including the installation of artificial turf fields to replace ailing football fields at both high schools and necessary stormwater management systems, new six-lane tracks, 80-foot lights (reportedly designed to minimize light pollution), Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant bleachers, fencing and public restrooms.

The cost of the project, which would be bonded for 10 years, would run approximately $30 per year for the average homeowner, whose house value is about $306,000.

The topic has been a divisive one: Many say it is beyond time for the town to make the fields comparable to those found in neaby towns—and ensure that they may be used by students for a variety of sports and other activities. Others, however, argue that .

For this special balloting, nine polling places will be open from 2-9 p.m.:

Districts 21, 22, 23, 28:
Central Middle School

Districts 9, 11, 12, 13:
Brooklawn Middle School

Districts 5, 6, 7, 10, 37:
Littleton Elementary School

Districts 25, 26, 35, 36, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 38:
Rockaway Meadow Elementary School

Districts  20, 24, 27:
Troy Hills Elementary School

Districts 3, 8, 18:
Intervale Elementary School

Districts 1, 2, 4, 39:
Powder Mill Firehouse

Districts 14, 15, 16, 17, 19:
Eastlake Elementary School

Those who usually vote at Lake Hiawatha Elementary School will cast their ballots at Rockaway Meadow School for this election only due to the damage Lake Hiawatha sustained during Superstorm Sandy.

Monique Varga January 23, 2013 at 03:33 AM
I , along with my neiighbors did not receive my ballot until today but the board of Ed. Had no problem sending automated messages about voting to parents with children in the schools. What about everyone else?
parhome January 23, 2013 at 03:35 AM
So did the referendum pass? I can't find my answer online.
Patrick fales January 23, 2013 at 03:43 AM
People in this town suck!!! They don't realize how Crappy the fields and tracks are!! Think about the kids and what they have to play on!! It's not right!! Where is the pride in this town!!!
steve revette January 23, 2013 at 04:04 AM
Does that mean it didn't pass?
Nicholas Robert Homyak January 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Do not understand why artificial turf has to be on the same ballot as storm drain upgrades; which are delinquent through out the area not just the high schools. Is that storm water run-off a State Responsibility ? Perhaps if people "including high school students were more responsible tossing their trash about our drains and streets would be cleaner; Drug Free, Gun Free, how about litter Free? Artificial turf will only encourage the demise of Municipal employees. It nuts how all this money centers around sports; its all over done, keep the grass it lives and if done correctly needs no lawn doctors with pesticides.

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