By John Fitts
CANTON – School officials are readying to file a formal application to add permanent lights at high school track and field facility. And if all goes well, the Canton Athletic Booster Club is on deck to unveil a “Lights on Canton” campaign to fund the improvements.
“It is the intent of the Board of Education to, very soon, file an application with you,” Superintendent Kevin D. Case told members of the Planning and Zoning Commission at a recent meeting.
Case told the commission and Compass that school officials are looking to file an application the commission can receive at its August meeting. He anticipates there would be a public hearing at the commission’s Sept. 21 meeting.
In November of 2012, voters approved a $3.615 million track and multi-use field facility at the school. At the time, The Board of Education did not seek approval for lighting but assured that the conduits and other infrastructure to support lights were built into the facility.
“It’s no secret lighting was going to come forward at some point,” Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman David Bondanza (He has since stepped off the commission), said at the recent meeting.
The Canton Athletic Booster Club is anxious to launch an ambitious fundraising project to fund the lights, poles and related improvements, but the Board of Education and school officials told the group that the town approvals should come first.
“No fundraising will start until all the proper procedures are followed,” Case recently told Canton Compass.
The school board must obtain site plan modification, two special permits from the Planning and Zoning Commission and a building permit before work can begin.
For the Planning and Zoning Commission, the application must show details such as height, fall clearness, lighting type, aiming diagrams, a photometric survey and information that addresses glow, “light trespass” and glare.” Additionally, all neighbors within 100 feet and the property must be notified for the public hearing. … Continue Reading