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Hull resumes battle over building turf field

Officials will try again to get town approval to build an artificial turf field at Hull High School at an estimated cost of $1.8 million.

School Committee Chair Stephanie Peters said her board met with selectmen and the Advisory Board in early November and agreed to bring the issue to the May Town Meeting.

Town Meeting approved the project in 2016 — voting to override borrowing limits of Proposition 2½ to finance the construction — but a required townwide ballot on the issue failed.

A private fund drive by the Hull Boosters also failed to raise enough money to pay for the work. Peters said the current plan is to pay for the project within borrowing limits.

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The schools also are looking at possibly leasing parking space to commuter boat riders, raising money privately, and increasing user fees for the field, she said.

Peters said officials would not ask for any Community Preservation money because “there are so many other needs in the town” that need that funding.

State rules specifically prohibit towns from using Community Preservation money to buy synthetic turf, but allow the money to be used for related things such as improved drainage at fields.

The high school’s grass field is used extensively and is in poor repair, so much so that recent girls’ soccer playoff games couldn’t be played there, Peters said.


Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.