Fields Referendum: What You Need to Know

Parsippany residents go to the polls to decide if the township's high schools will get their Fields of Dreams.

Two months past Parsippany's last trip to the polls and more than a year after the town's Fields of Dreams debate began, residents are being asked to cast votes again: The Board of Education holds its special referendum Tuesday to decide the fate of its $7.7 million proposal for athletic improvements at Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School

What's proposed is a package including the installation of artificial turf fields to replace ailing football fields at both high schools and necessary stormwater management systems, new six-lane tracks, 80-foot lights (reportedly designed to minimize light pollution), Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant bleachers, fencing and public restrooms.

The cost of the project, which would be bonded for 10 years, would run approximately $30 per year for the average homeowner, whose house value is about $306,000.

The topic has been a divisive one: Many say it is beyond time for the town to make the fields comparable to those found in neaby towns—and ensure that they may be used by students for a variety of sports and other activities. Others, however, argue that .

For this special balloting, nine polling places will be open from 2-9 p.m.:

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

Those who usually 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.

Kristen Ritter January 22, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Thanks for posting this article. It's voting day and I STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED A SAMPLE BALLOT!!! As an elected member of the commuinity (Republican Committee representative for District #37) there is concern. People who are in my district and know about the election thankfully) will vote - but they, too, have not received their ballots. I am continuing to contact the county - and have gotten a response from the BoE basically saying they did what was legally required and that I need to go to the county to complain since it's out of the BoE's hands. Has anyone else out there not received a sample ballot? What about people who would vote by mail or cast absentee ballots? Can we even know if they received materials before their deadline to vote passes? Is this really what people call a democracy?
Analli Citall January 22, 2013 at 04:40 PM
You could take it to the NJ Supreme Court and ask them to stop the election prior to 2:00pm. You could wait until the results are in and then file a complaint, but then the District Attorney has 60 days to make a decision. It is all here, http://law.onecle.com/new-jersey/19-elections/61-6.html
Analli Citall January 22, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Here is says for the sample ballots "that the latest time at which the county clerk may furnish sample ballots for mailing shall be the eighth day preceding the school election." There is also more to it if you want to read it yourself. http://law.onecle.com/new-jersey/19-elections/60-10.html
Analli Citall January 22, 2013 at 04:47 PM
By the way for anyone that doesn't want to click through these are coming from the NJ Statutes. These are the laws of our State. It is the responsibility of the BOE and County Elections to make sure every citizen knows about the election. It is NOT the responsibility of the electorate to know about an upcoming election.
Hank Heller January 22, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Kristin, I did recieve both documents, however they only came in last Friday. I just left a Parsippany resident who lives on the other side of town and he was not aware at all of the referendum vote today. I asked him and his wife to vote their conscience. He said they would study Patch tonight and vote before 9 PM. I hope he does. It is not for the citizens to be sure their fellows are informed. The Administration/BOE/Clerks Office/Post Office all had culpability here. It will take the Attorney General to get to the bottom of the lack of public required communication. I hope you take the lead and cause this to be looked into. The matter is way beyond "fields" but a matter of public responsibility.
Michael January 22, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Does anyone know of an attorney versed in election law who would be interested in taking a case?
Par4theCourse January 22, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Hank Lyon can help with that one.
Scott Dean January 22, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Maybe Betty Lou Decroce can help she is very influential in this town isn;t she?
ParsippanyGirl January 22, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Kristen Ritter January 22, 2013 at 08:46 PM
According to one of my neighbors, I got my ballot today! Can we have a round of applause here?! The irony of this is that I'll see my own ballot for the first time AFTER I've cast my vote. :-)
Kevin M January 22, 2013 at 09:06 PM
I'm in District 22 and still no sample ballot here. This is extremely concerning. All levels of this township better raise its standards of practice, and the citizenry must demand more from its BOE leaders in the form of disclosure, ethics, accountability, due diligence and fiscal responsibility. NJ Families today are learning how to get more, do more and accomplish more with less money in these troubling times. This BOE and Par-Troy's Town Hall better start incorporating this practice and be increasingly responsive and accountable to the growing amount of financially-drained, beleagured residents who have had enough with blind spending, lack of accountability and forethought, and operational inefficiencies or face a mass exodus of taxpayers. If anyone thinks I am exaggerating on the last point, just look at Bergen/Passaic County. Ask NJ Congressman Steve Rothman why he is out of his DC job this afternoon--because NJ is loosing congressional seats to other less expensive, more efficient, more aesthetic, and ethically-run states.
Monique Varga January 23, 2013 at 03:33 AM
I , along with my neiighbors did not receive my ballot until today but the board of Ed. Had no problem sending automated messages about voting to parents with children in the schools. What about everyone else?
parhome January 23, 2013 at 03:35 AM
So did the referendum pass? I can't find my answer online.
Patrick fales January 23, 2013 at 03:43 AM
People in this town suck!!! They don't realize how Crappy the fields and tracks are!! Think about the kids and what they have to play on!! It's not right!! Where is the pride in this town!!!
steve revette January 23, 2013 at 04:04 AM
Does that mean it didn't pass?
Nicholas Robert Homyak January 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Do not understand why artificial turf has to be on the same ballot as storm drain upgrades; which are delinquent through out the area not just the high schools. Is that storm water run-off a State Responsibility ? Perhaps if people "including high school students were more responsible tossing their trash about our drains and streets would be cleaner; Drug Free, Gun Free, how about litter Free? Artificial turf will only encourage the demise of Municipal employees. It nuts how all this money centers around sports; its all over done, keep the grass it lives and if done correctly needs no lawn doctors with pesticides.


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