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The much-debated artificial turf project is one step closer to becoming a reality after the Cheshire Town Council voted Tuesday night to approve design plans for the field, clearing the way for a formal bid process.
The Council approved the designs by a 5-3 vote after a lengthy presentation by the design firm Milone and MacBroom, where representatives stated the field will be 195 feet wide and 360 feet long. Those dimensions would allow for all sporting events and other activities, as drainage would be improved and would not pose a tripping hazard. The field will also be lined with dimensions for other sports, like lacrosse, he said.
The process will now go forward in two stages.First, the Request For Proposal will be sent out, with the expectation that seven or eight turf manufacturers and installers will respond. At that time, the Committee would sort through the proposals to find the offer that is "most advantageous to the Town," the motion reads.
Then, in step two, the Committee will solicit bids from general contractors for the site improvements at the field. This includes the removal of the existing field, installing new drainage, and preparing the base for the turf carpet. These bids will not include offers to install the turf, as that would have been covered in step one.
For the full story, see tomorrow's Cheshire Herald.