By John Fitts
CANTON — On Wednesday night, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the installation of permanent lights at the Canton High School track and multi-use field facility.
The decision, which includes several parameters, came after nearly three hours of discussion on the subject.
The special permit use, special permit and site plan modification allows for four, 80-foot poles with dimmable LED lights to be installed at the facility. School officials said their will be no light spillage on abutting properties.
Up to 25 games (a year) will be allowed under the lights with restrictions on starting times and a requirement that the lights be turned off a half hour from the game’s conclusion but no later than 10:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. There are also restriction on amplification. Games played on the turf include soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and football.
Practices under the lights are allowed to go until 8:15 p.m. with lights off 15 minutes later. No games or practices under the lights will be allowed on Sundays.
However, the commission has allowed for the lights, at 15 percent power, to be turned on by early morning and evening users who want to walk the track any day of the week.
Lights on Canton, a subcommittee of The Canton Athletic Booster Club, has committed to raise some $250,000 for the lights and related costs. They expect it to take 12 to 18 months and are planning special events, a brick patio and sponsored banners and flags at the facility. … Continue Reading