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."

Mike January 18, 2013 at 02:53 AM
vote this project down...
Selene January 18, 2013 at 05:36 AM
Jeff, just got my ballot in the mail today. It states clearly where I have to go to vote and the window of 2-9pm should accomodate most residents. Do you need a ride? Let me know. My voting location is 5 minutes from my house.
Selene January 18, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Articial turf needs no maintenance, duh.
Robert Simpson January 18, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Selene: The turf must be vacuumed and sanitized. Equipment must be purchased to do this. Damage must be repaired before the field can be used.
Enough already January 18, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Mr. Crawford has a long history of asking lots of questions. He seems to thrive on creating controversy on every issue. Mr. Crawford, please answer this question for me. As a recent member of the BoE who served for 7 years and as chairman of the BoE Buildings and Grounds committee, how did you let our fields and facilities end up like barren wastelands; our fences rusted, broken and unsafe; our stands and parking facilities inaccessible to handicap people, our tracks riddled with potholes, etc.? Our athletic facilities are the laughing stock of our town and all the other towns that have modernized their facilities like Boonton, Morristown, Roxbury, Randolph, Hackettstown, Madison, Summit and in 2013 Morris Hill and Morris Knolls just to name a few. As a BOE member and Chair of the BOE Building and Grounds Committee you should have done your job, listened to the outcry of people back then that had ideas/plans and taken action. Instead you chose to look good by cutting budgets dedicated to upgrades and maintenance to our facilities & fields.
Enough already January 18, 2013 at 02:16 PM
The BOE is trying to address this situation and has put forward a referendum that would cost taypayers $30/year or $0.09 per day over a ten year period. The BOE is finally looking to address this long standing problem. Stop trying to use your paralysis by analysis tactics and shot gun barrage of pointless deceptive questions. It is time for the voters of Parsippany to move past this self proclaimed watchdog with questionable motives and do what is right for our kids and our community. Oh and by the way, the BOE website has been updated to address questions that have been submitted by the public.
Jonathan Hemenway January 18, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Bob- I would love to hear what you would do for this FOD project. All i have read is complaints about first the mayors proposal, then the BOE's proposal and now even the time table of when and how the referendum is being handeled. So I ask you what would you do?
Michael January 18, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Keep in mind that in 10 years both fields will need resurfacing. The firm doing this project estimated at the BOE meeting that when the time comes the cost will be over $400,000 per field. Where is this money going to come from?
Enough already January 18, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Luxury? Dover, Hackettstown, Morristown, Summit, Madison, Newton, Randolph, Roxbury and, in 2013, Morris Knolls and Morrris Hills all have something in common...they have modernized their high school athletic facilties to provide a safe field that can be used by all students year round for gym class, boys and girls sports, their comunity, etc. Luxury? No, today's standard.
Scott Dean January 18, 2013 at 02:23 PM
@Enough Already, I am sure you have heard the term "I will wash your back if you wash mine" Are you getting fearful that all your friends are not available to return the favor? Mr.Crawford was one of 9 members why are you not asking all the others in the past what there roll was.You wouldnt want to upset those who you have promised to help now would you?
Analli Citall January 18, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Enough already, this referendum is only going to cost you $30 if you own the average cost of a home which is about $309,000. So if you house is worth more than that you will PAY more than that. If your house is worth less than that you will PAY less than that. The $30 is an average, not the actual cost to very many people. It has been stated that your personal cost is going to be about $10/year for every $100,000 assessed value on your home.
Enough already January 18, 2013 at 02:26 PM
What happens when the artificial fields need to be replaced; where will the money come from to replace the fields? a. It is expected that the field carpet will last a minimum of 10 years or longer. The district budget may include funds for planned capital improvements such as replacing the artificial fields. Once the fields are installed, the Board of Education can, on a yearly basis, set aside in a capital improvement reserve account $40 to $50 thousand to fund the cost of replacement. The Board could also simply take out a loan when the fields need to be replaced and repay the loan over the life expectancy of the new field. Whatever method is selected for the funding for the replacement of the fields, the cost of replacement should not have a significant impact on the yearly operating budget or the community.
Enough already January 18, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Mr. Dean, just letting the voting public know the man behind the posts. No backwashing required.
Scott Dean January 18, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Thats fine, I have to figure the soap has run out in this lovely clean town sooner or later
Michael January 18, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Enough Already - The 40-50 thousand set aside could have been done previously to keep the fields out of their condition and they did not do it. In 10 years they will ask you to pay more money to cover the fields because they are not going to set the money aside for the re-turf. IMPORTANT POINT - you are saying $40k-50k per year. That would be true if it was 1 field - but they are making 2 fields - so the number is actually $80-100k per year for the new turf in 10 years - which is more than maintaining a grass field. The math does not add up - this is not cost effective.
Chris January 18, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Wow, there is a whole bunch of things to address...first, Analli: correct the $30 is the avg home owner cost. But to say that most will not pay that is really not true. Most will pay very close to that as the larger majority of home values in this town are between $250 and $350. And if you have a $500,000 home, I guess it's fair to assume that you could afford to pay a bit more than someone who owns a $200,000 home. Now, Michael: Stop using the "10 years and thats it" as the life of the turf. Jannarone is now turning 9 years old and showing no signs of being near the end of it's life. And also, it's gotten to it's 9th year with no regular maintenance. And lastly, Scott: I know what your driving at but depending on one's point of view, it's just a different bar of soap. And I'd like sit down and have a beer with you sometime and perhaps try to hold the picture up at a different angle. You seem like a reasonable guy.
Scott Dean January 18, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Chris, Make that a coffee and your on ..We share mutual friends so that can be arranged. As I mentioned to Beth there is a desperate need to upgrade our fields,pointing out the path that was taken by some should be noted is my point. Maybe I will see you at the ballfield this spring lol...
Janis January 18, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Really? Let's hear the bad of natural grass when this much money is spent on it. Let's see a comparison of expensive plastic grass to a high quality natural grass field.
Michael January 18, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Janis - BOE architect who is making the turf project said a high quality natural grass field would cost $250,000 to install. - Including all new dirt, irrigation, drainage, etc - much cheaper than turf but it can't be used nearly as much.
Chris January 18, 2013 at 03:51 PM
A coffee sounds good! I'm not a Starbucks guy...Dunkin Donuts is my preference. Seriously..just reach out to me and let's do it.
Scott Dean January 18, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Chris, sounds great I will get in touch over the weekend Thanks
Jim January 18, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Another stealth election, just like the one for the office palace well separated from any school. Hopefully the result will be the same for the imperial Superintendent. I feel that in these tough economic times a lot more maintenance would be more appropriate, and 7 mil sound like enough to build a small school.
Bob Crawford January 18, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Enough Already Any proposal that involves spending funds requires at least five votes of the nine member Board. As you may know over the past number of years the funds provided to the District by the State were reduced and yet the need to repair and and replace boilers, roofs, windows, and the need to install security cameras and to pay employees continued unabated. Given that reality the BOE had to decide where and how to spend tax payer dollars and per policy and process based those decisions on the recommendations of the Superintendent and the Business Administrator. Their recommendations were initally reviewed by the three member Building and Grounds Committee which, after a discussion and a vote,.forwarded their recommendations to the full Board. The Board had some difficult decisions to make and did so based on what it believed to be the District's priorities. For the record I expressed concerns about the quality of the PHS track but was convinced that other priorities took precedence. My memory may be faulty but except for one instance approximately 8 years ago I don't recall any "outcry from the people" that was directed to the full Board regarding the condition of the District's fields and tracks. Perhaps, on Patch, you would be good enough to identify yourself and provide just one example of when you spoke to me or came before the full Board to express your concerns about the conditions of the fields and tracks. But that would take guts.Got any?
Michael January 18, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Sample Ballot Question - who did / did not receive a sample ballot? We are on brooklawn drive and I did not receive one as of yet.
Pete January 20, 2013 at 03:24 PM
This seems pretty simple: WHY take on a TEN-year obligation for a product that is projected to last only SEVEN years ?
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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