Old Lyme Zoning Commission Postpones Vote on Synthetic Turf Field

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Zoning Commission voted to postpone a vote on the proposed Lyme-Old Lyme turf field at Monday night’s meeting.

“I wonder why this didn’t go to our engineer, I don’t feel confident to evaluate drainage,” said Jane Cable, a member of the Old Lyme Zoning Commission. “This is just all drainage.”

Every commission member present agreed that they needed more information and voted to postpone the vote to the October meeting.

The $2 to $3 million project, which has been in discussion for years, passed the Inland Wetlands Commission in Old Lyme this past May. The only stipulation made by the commission was to use a partially permeable surface for the new walkway.

If the plan passes the zoning commission next month and receives final approval by the board of education, the new field would be constructed where the current practice field is at the back of the combined middle and high school campuses on Lyme Street. The field would also sit over geothermal wells that are currently used to heat the high school and require replacement every 10 to 15 years.  

The field would be used by high school and middle school athletic teams as well as physical education classes. Unlike the current grass fields, it could be used during early spring when the school currently has the most trouble finding field space for their teams.

According to Superintendent Ian Neviaser, the goal is to begin construction in about two years.

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