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Booster Club may provide night football

Iroquois football fans may soon be able to cheer on their team under the lights if a proposal by the Iroquois Football Boosters Club is accepted by the School Board.

Club representative Tim Shevlin said the boosters have half the money already and can get the balance in a month if necessary to pay for the project, once the board approves it. He said it would be done at no cost to taxpayers.

He said it would cost about $350 per game for extra police, a groundskeeper, supervision and cost of electricity to run the lights, which Shevlin said could be recouped by raising the cost of adult tickets by a dollar to $2.

He said games at West Seneca's two high schools have enjoyed a resurgence in the past few years with night lights, while there have not been added problems with fights or rowdiness.

If the lights are allowed, children younger than high school age would be admitted to the games with adults only, Shevlin said.

He said that as many as 1,000 people would be expected to attend night football games and that the school's soccer and lacrosse teams also would be able to use the fields at night.

All work on the property would be done by the Boosters Club, which would enter into a contract with the district. When the project is finished, it would be turned over to the district.

Shevlin estimated the cost of the project at $62,000. School Board President Laura Monte said the board would issue a decision by next month. The next board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 9.

In another matter, School Superintendent Neil Rochelle reported that the retention pond near Woodard Road at the end of the athletic fields, across the road from the high school, will be filled in, and water will be diverted elsewhere as soon as weather permits.

He said there is enough money left over from the project approved by voters a few years ago to fix the problem of the standing water, which has caused complaints from neighbors. He said drainage pipes would have to be installed when the ground is not frozen.

Rochelle said officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation told him the pond was necessary only during construction, but water naturally pools there.

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