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Referendum Today on Road Improvements and Athletic Fields

Polls in three voting districts are open from noon to 8 p.m.

Stonington voters head to the polls today to decide if they want to spend $3.5 million for various road improvements and/or $2.7 million to create an artificial tuft athletic field and make improvements to the other athletic fields. Here is a guide to the referendum:

Time And Locations: Polls are open in three voting districts from noon to 8 p.m.

  • Districts One and Three vote at the Stonington Fire House at 100 Main St., in Stonington Borough.
  • District Two votes at the Pawcatuck Fire House at 33 Liberty St. in Pawcatuck
  • Districts Four and Five vote at the B.F. Hoxie Engine Company at the Mystic Fire Department at 34 Broadway Avenue in Mystic.

Questions:

 1. Shall, the Town of Stonington appropriate $3,500,000.00 for various road improvements and authorize the issuance of $3,500,000.00 bonds and notes to finance the appropriation?

2. Shall, the Town of Stonington appropriate $2,700,00.00 for athletic field and facilities improvements and authorize the issuance of $2,700,00.00 bonds and notes to finance the appropriation?

At Stake:

Athletic Fields

The question of whether or not to spend $2.7 million to improve the athletic fields seems to be the more controversial of the two referendum questions. At the Oct. 9 Special Town Meeting a number of residents voiced concerns over the return on investment.

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In September the Athletic Fields Task Force presented the town with four options for the athletic fields. The first option the Athletic Fields Task Force presented was the doing nothing option, the second option was repairing the softball, boys soccer, field hockey, football and all-purpose fields for about $1.2 million. The third option was to transform Donald E. Palmer Field at Stonington High School into an artificial turf field and then repair the softball, boys soccer, field hockey and the all-purpose fields. The fourth option would build two artificial turf fields and repair the other fields for a cost of about $4.5 million.

Today, residents will vote on option three. According to The Day, if voters reject making improvements to the athletic fields the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference could ban the high school from hosting state tournament games and there could be no more home games. A copy of the plan is available on the town website and is attached to this article.

If voters approve the athletic fields project a homeowner with a house assessed at $225,000 would pay a total of $229.50 in additional taxes over 20 years. A formula to calculate the tax increase is available on the town website and is attached to this article.

Road Improvements

The road improvement plan is a four-year plan to repair 49 roads in town. A copy of the plan is available on the town website and is attached to this article. If voters approve the road improvement project a homeowner with a house assessed at $225,000 would pay a total of $301.50 in additional taxes over 20 years. A formula to calculate the tax increase is available on the town website and is attached to this article.

Results:

Polls close at 8 p.m. and results, once announced at Town Hall, will be posted on Stonington-Mystic Patch, on our Facebook page, and tweeted.

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parent October 17, 2012 at 06:36 PM
We have no fields for our lacrosse players and soccer players. Soccer does have Taugwonk field but everyone can't practice at the same time. It is embarrassing to host home games for lacrosse at Pawcatuck Middle School, and my son has soccer practice behind the church in Old Mystic that field is not level and a bit unafe! I voted yes because our kids deserve to have a safe place to play as well as a field to be proud of!!! @ Teg, you must be a bitter person, every post you make is always negative no matter the subject! Happy pills???
Teg October 17, 2012 at 09:33 PM
@parent: you must be a liberal as the best answer you have is to attack the poster not the argument I am not negative I'm saying our priorities are wrong. Before we spend money on fields (btw: lacrosse soccer etc only need a grass field too be able to play... There are plenty if those) we should put money into what our kids should have: food and academics...
parent October 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Only a grass field you say? Maybe you have never played sports! Keeping kids in athletics not only builds self esteem by keeping them active but also plays a role as a team player, which is taught in the classroom they call it "team building". Kids need to be involved in something to keep them out of trouble! We are pretty much one of a few towns without a facility for games and practices. Groton has a great facility, East Lyme has a beautiful facility why shouldn't our town have the same?
Teg October 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I have played plenty of team sports, but when I played helicopter parents weren't around. My parents actually thought I was tuff enough to play soccer on gravel, lacrosse on a dirt field and hockey on a rink with only a roof but open to nature. There was no snack breaks or locker rooms no mommys standing on the sidelines "encouraging" their kids. We played sports like men, bloody knees and all. For Pete's sake go look at the fields our kids have: they will do fine. The Libary is cutting hours, teachers are being let go, food pantry is empty but you would like us to make it more comfortable for the kids so they to can grow into the role of spoiled rotten pro-athletes.
Jay S October 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Teg, this was the third post that you spelled Library wrong. Why do you worry about something you obviously don't use. And Sal, the president of youth football cares about the kids, no matter where he lives. And as patty says, it's .95 cents a month. Nice fields for .95 cents a month, come on!

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