If the referendum fails, the bond ordinance is formally repealed, which means that the Edison Fields project will not move forward, and any funding bonded and allocated for Edison Fields cannot legally be repurposed for any other initiatives, including upgrades to grass fields.
To reiterate, after a comprehensive Strategic Parks Plan process and more than two years of research, resident discussion and input, and data provided by independent experts leading up to the referendum, this governing body, guided by recommendations from the Recreation Commission, has determined that the Edison Fields Project is the most prudent use of funding and resources, and is the only plan that we feel comfortable and confident supporting as a next step, for the following reasons:
- An initial investment in artificial turf and lights at Edison solves for the largest capacity increase in the shortest amount of time, which will then enable us to begin our plans to improve the Town grass fields.
- In the absence of additional capacity provided by the Edison lighted turf fields, maintaining and sustaining adequate grass fields is not feasible, and therefore would not be fiscally prudent – due to the playing time demands that are required.
- Edison is the only proposed project that will also benefit our student athletes, trainers, coaches, and marching band due to its proximity to locker rooms, training facilities, and equipment storage at Kehler.
- This agreement delivers efficiencies and enhanced services for our taxpayers – in this case, fields that would equally benefit the Town sports leagues, WHS athletes, and students – an outcome that is only possible at Edison.