DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. The New York State Class C champion Dobbs Ferry Eagles will have a much different surface to call home next season. The Gould Field project began construction earlier this month and Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett recently offered an update its progress.
There is a large amount of leveling and filling and crowning to be done using new clean topsoil, Connett said in a message to residents. The contractor will be using fairly sophisticated laser technology to determine fill amounts and locations which will produce a level field when done.
The decision to redo the field has been applauded by many of the residents, including Paddy Steinschneider, who has been a youth football coach in Dobbs Ferry for the past 18 years.
Im amazed and I totally compliment the village staff for working out a win-win solution, he said.
He did however argue that the local teams need more space to practice and play and recommended that the board of trustees look to partner with Mercy College to utilize its facilities.
They have a wonderful facility and my hope is that we will be able to make better use of it in the future and establish an ongoing relation with them so that can really become part of our solution, Steinschneider said.
The costs of the field have been split with the Dobbs Ferry School District covering 60 percent of the renovations.
Using an estimated budget of $25,000, the district and the village have agreed to share the costs 60/40, respectively, Connett said in a message to residents.
Board of Education President Lynne Black has said the school district felt compelled to do its part to assist the village.
Im very glad to see it started. Were going to see a great field, Black said. This should feel good. Were really overdue in carrying our weight.
With the split, the school district will pay $15,000 of the cost while the village will pay $10,000, according to Connett. The village expects to have the field done by early spring.
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