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Fields Referendum Details Taking Shape, Clerk Says

Parsippany's municipal clerk says final arrangements for the Jan. 22 vote are being made now.

Parsippany residents have the opportunity to hit the polls Jan. 22 to weigh in on whether they support the Board of Education's $7.7 million proposal to improve athletic facilities at Parsippany and Parsippany Hills High School.

And Town Clerk Yancy Wazirmas said that when it comes to putting on an election, all signals are go.

"Things are happening so fast," said Wazirmas, regarding the quick turnaround involved in putting on the school board. "The sample ballot is supposed to be mailed [to registered voters] this week by the county clerk's office. They should be in the mail. I really hope so."

Wazirmas said voting for the special election will take place at nine locations:

Districts 21, 22, 23, 28:
Central Middle School

Districts 9, 11, 12, 13:
Brooklawn Middle School

Districts 5, 6, 7, 10, 37:
Littleton Elementary School

Districts 25, 26, 35, 36, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 38:
Rockaway Meadow Elementary School

Districts  20, 24, 27:
Troy Hills Elementary School

Districts 3, 8, 18:
Intervale Elementary School

Districts 1, 2, 4, 39:
Powder Mill Firehouse

Districts 14, 15, 16, 17, 19:
Eastlake Elementary School

Wazirmas noted that people who normally vote at Lake Hiawatha Elementary School will cast their ballots at Rockaway Meadow School for this election only due to the damage Lake Hiawatha sustained during Superstorm Sandy.

The polls will be open Jan. 22 from 2-9 p.m.

Those who wish to vote by mail must return their mail-in ballot applications to the Morris County clerk's office at 10 Court Street in Morristown by the deadline of 3 p.m. this Friday.

Wazirmas said her staff has been working hard to ensure that the polling goes as smoothly as possible. And will they be ready for the big day?

"Yes," the clerk said. "We will be ready."

Michael January 20, 2013 at 04:32 PM
I wonder how much use the "Parsippany" Soccer club will have of these fields. They already use the majority of our town's fields free of charge and from what I was able to discern, (correct me if I am wrong) only 3 players from their national champion team are actually from Parsippany. It is not really a "Parsippany" team. Yet, we pay for the fields, the lights, the maintenance, etc. This does not seem right to me. I want my tax dollars to go towards actual Parsippany residents.
Michael January 20, 2013 at 04:42 PM
One other point - with the majority being not from Parsippany and playing for surrounding high-schools, we are actually helping make these players better, with our tax dollars who then compete against our own high school teams.
Beth Bluj January 20, 2013 at 04:47 PM
The turf at Jannarone, which is used year round, by soccer, field hockey, football, LAX, softball, baseball, is approx. 9 years old and not even close to needing to be replaced.
Beth Bluj January 20, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Michael - - this is not about the PSC - This is about our High School teams having competitive, safe, ADA compliant, 21st facilities on which to play.
Scott Dean January 21, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Hi Chris, I have tried to locate an e mail for you to no avail, You can reach me @ scottdean2008@yahoo.com if there is an availability to meet up Scott

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