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Williamsville sets new fees for turf field at North High School

As the Williamsville Central School District gets ready to award bids next month for artificial turf athletic fields at East and South high schools, School Board members Tuesday night set the fees to use the new synthetic turf at North, and they could go as high as $800 an hour.

There would be no charge for unorganized local neighborhood use, such as neighbors playing on the field when it is not in use.

School districts and Amherst town-affiliated sports programs would be charged $200 per hour. The inter-municipal agreement between the district at the Town of Amherst is to be updated in the spring.

Organized sports programs using the field for formal games will be charged $450 per hour.

The top fee of $550 per hour will be charged for special uses, such as an unusual request from a college, university or other similar group. It also could be charged for a tournament for groups in another classification.

Use of the lights at the field would be approved under unique circumstances, and the cost of renting the field with the lights would cost $800 an hour.

Superintendent Scott Martzloff said there is a facilities use permit application for outside groups using district facilities.

“Our goal is to try to minimize those fees, particularly for those organizations that support Williamsville students,” he said.

The multi-use field cost $6.83 million, and is designed to accommodate football, soccer, field hockey, softball and lacrosse, and features two score boards, bleachers, press box, field lights, concession area and restrooms. It was part of a $22.4 million in athletic field improvements approved by voters in May 2014.

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