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THS Building Committee gets to work...

POSTED October 18, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: The groundwork for a project that will change the landscape of the Torrington athletic fields is starting to pick up steam.

See what happens when we let the right people get to work?

On October 9, the THS Field Building Committee held their first formal meeting to appoint officers and set the wheels in motion on the $2.72 million dollar grant the City of Torrington received to put in a turf field, build a new, state-of-the-art track and replace the bleachers at the home of the Raiders.

Since this entire process started, there has been one man that most involved wanted to see seated at the head of the table and now he is.

Ed Arum, who has a complex at Pomperaug High School named after him, will now be able to do what he does best; get the project done.

In a unanimous vote, the committee approved Arum as Chairman and Mario Longobucco as the Vice Chair.

Longonbucco, the Raiders girls’ soccer coach, has been involved in the process for longer than he would like to remember but has been a key member over the past seven years as the group tried to find ways to improve the facilities at THS, not just for school teams but for the public as well.

The track in particular is open to the public and is in use whenever Mother Nature permits, year round.

Its surface now is in desperate need of repair; Route 8 on the far side of the track beyond the trees is probable softer on the legs.

Current Mayoral Aide, Tim Waldron was nominated to be Secretary and accepted with the stipulation that if he is no longer in that position after the November Elections, the next aide would likely fill that role.

Others on the committee include Mike Fritch Sr., Glenn Aeschilman, Dave Bascetta, Mike Tyler, Jerry Rollett, State Representative Michele Cook, Scott Rosengrant and Paul Denza.

Waldren updated the committee that the required paperwork had been sent to DEEP for their review and to then be signed by the Attorney General’s Office. Once signed, any expenditures will then be reimbursable.

The next steps for the project are ready to go.

First, the fields will need to be surveyed to see just how much land is available for the project.

After the survey, bids will go out for the job.

At the meeting, a discussion was help on potential bathroom facilities and lighting upgrades.

The group will get together again on Monday, October 21 at 6 p.m. in Room 215 of City Hall with another meeting scheduled on October 30 with the same time and place in mind.

Don’t forget the press box folks……..

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