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Q. - With the tremendous numbers of kids of all ages
who play soccer, why doesn't the City explore grants or financing for
lights around the soccer fields off Colquitt Rd and Ninth Street?
Particularly in the late fall when the time changes,
it is almost impossible for practice or games to conducted safely. Lighting
would also encourage walkers to use the area as it would not be as isolated
in the evening as the path around the fields at the rear of the newer
Thank you for your willingness to provide this
forum and good luck with a demanding job.
Answer - Having had soccer players in my family, I
am very familiar with the need to light the soccer fields. There have
been a number of ongoing efforts to find funding for lighting for the
As many Terrell residents may know by now, we are in the process of
replacing all of the electrical infrastructure and lighting at the softball
fields. The total cost of this project is in the range of $500,000 and
is funded by the Gill Foundation. The Foundation approached the City,
expressing their interest in funding park improvements. After being
presented with various options, the Foundation concluded that the best
and only viable project that could be completed with the funds available
was the softball lighting project.
Some of the factors in this decision were:
- The 40-50 year old light and utility poles were becoming a danger
as they were beginning to crack and split and were going to have to
be replaced (at great expense).
- The old existing lighting is not as safe as it needs to be from a
player safety perspective.
- The old lighting is very energy inefficient and expensive to operate.
The new lighting is extremely energy efficient and is fully guaranteed
for 25 years.
- The new lighting arrangement will drastically improve the appearance
of the fields. There will be about 1/3 the number of poles and all of
the electrical will be below ground instead of overhead.
The citizens of Terrell should be grateful for the incredible generosity
of the Gill Foundation. Over the years, the Foundation and the families
represented have enabled Terrell to have a community park that far exceeds
anything we could have provided on our own.
Hal Richards, Mayor