Football league asks for over-the-top wattage

Town board asks if league plans to light entire field, not just shed


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“I feel a little hoodwinked."
Town Supervisor Doug Bloomfield

By Geri Corey
— A Goshen Town Board discussion that focused on a request for financial assistance from the Goshen Youth Football League took an unexpected turn at the latest town board meetings, Aug. 25 and Aug. 28.

According to a letter to the board from League liaison Salvatore Fini, the Goshen Youth Football League has held practices for years at the park located on Erie Street, storing their equipment there in an unlighted shed. For safety's sake, the league has been operating generators to provide lighting for the participants.

The letter went on to request the town's financial assistance to provide electrical power to the shed. It also stated that financial commitments have been received from the village board, the Joint Recreation Commission, and the Goshen School District, owners of the shed.

The cost — $4,275 plus an additional $500 for two fluorescent lights and two outlets inside the shed and low voltage motion lighting on the exterior — would be split four ways, or about $1,200 each.

The League has explored the possibility of accessing public electrical utility service. "We've met with the local utility representatives and formulated a feasible plan to improve the Erie Street conditions by providing electrical power to the equipment building and/or park area," Fini stated in the letter.

This is where the straightforward request became a bit murky. Councilman Ken Newbold, a retired electrician, said he had visited the park, and that the service has already been hooked up to the shed.

Additionally, Newbold brought to the attention of other board members that the estimate list requests a 400-amp electrical panel. He explained that it's much more service than is needed to light a shed, and that 200 amps is more than ample for meeting the electrical needs for a whole house.

Board officials were left looking to the League for answers. They asked if the league is looking to light the entire field with over-the-top service? This would bring up a sticky problem, since residents publicly denounced the Goshen Soccer League's proposal to light the Myron Urbanski Memorial Park on Craigville Road in order to extend playing time for soccer games.

Since there's a request for funding, officials also asked who paid for the service that's already installed?

"I feel a little hoodwinked," said Town Supervisor Doug Bloomfield, at the conclusion of the discussion.

See the story "Soccer Club wants lights, neighbors want peace," at http://bit.ly/1o1JY2f.

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