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Council Shoots Down Grant For Memorial Field Sod

The Washington Township Council voted against the mayor's plan to use a playground grant for the project to re-sod Memorial Field.

The Washington Township Council unanimously rejected a plan from Mayor Janet Sobkowicz Monday that would have transferred a Bergen County Open Space grant to the project to re-sod .

The council previously to bond for $152,000 of the $160,000 to re-sod the field, but Sobkowicz said she wanted to use the $25,000 matching grant — awarded by the county last year to pay for a playground — and other money in the budget to , which will take 15 years to pay off.

"It probably won't last that long," Sobkowicz said about the sod.

Councilmen said they preferred to use the grant for its original purpose and to bond for the sod as they had previously voted.

"We should stay with its intended purpose," Councilman Fred Goetz said.

Officials said they would use the grant to fix the playground area and possibly also the basketball court at Memorial Field.

The re-sodding project is still scheduled to take place later this fall. Officials had hoped to complete the project in time for football season, but township teams on the field earlier this month. The project will likely be done in early November.

Officials arranged for the teams to field at because of problems with Memorial Field.

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Falcon Fan August 21, 2012 at 02:17 PM
The mayor keeps fiinding ways to mess this up. Should have been finished a long time ago. The only way we will ever get anything done here in Schroederville is to get rid of all the old regime. What a disgrace.
Jeffrey Tammen August 22, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Falcon fan you are so right,this town needs a cleaning they have been there to long.memorial has needed work done for the past 20 yrs plus and done right.theses little fixes are a waste of tax payers money.we need permanent fix when economy is good
Concerned August 22, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Jeffrey-Falcon Fan don't believe Cascio, Durso,Goetz, Beckmeyer, or Hrbek have been there all that long. The only real holdover is Janet and she was trying to save money.
Jeffrey Tammen August 22, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Hey concerned I realize that but the republicans have been in power for over twenty five years and unfortunately are being lumped together.we need a change and a quick one,our town is not so inviting anymore.seems run down lack due lack of maintenance and upgrading our infrastructure . Janet our mayor has been there for 25 or so yrs nice person but out of touch with what the majority of the tax payers need and town needs
Concerned August 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Jeffrey basically agree with town condition and need for changes. From whence they'll come? who knows.

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