WESTMINSTER -- The soil sample borings taken Tuesday from Hadley Field have indicated the installed poles hoisting the stadium lights pose no threat to anyone.
The field at Bellows Falls Union High School had been closed to all use last week when it was learned that Techline, Inc. -- the company that set up the lights -- could not guarantee the safety of the installation it made in the spring of 2012.
A special meeting of the BFUHS Board Directors has been warned for the high school at 6:30 p.m. today to discuss reopening the field. School Superintendent Chris Kibbe said he will recommend the board do so.
Soil samples were taken from the athletic field to ensure the installation methods used were appropriate for the soil type and conditions at the field.
According to Kibbe, the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union received stamped and certified engineer reports Wednesday. Though the soil type was not the same as originally assumed, the report states the installation is safe.
School officials were forced to start reorganizing practice and game schedules but will no longer have to. Kibbe said, however, Athletic Director Ian Fraunfelder will still have to wait for the board of directors to officially reopen the field before rescheduling any games for Hadley.
Kibbe told the Reformer he is relieved the matter is closed and mentioned that some of the documents he received are also needed for a permit from the Westminster Zoning Board of Adjustment. He also said he is happy for the high school's seniors, who will get to play their final season under the new lights at Hadley.
"I'm really happy for them. It's too bad it came to this but we were able to resolve it pretty quickly and things will move along now," he said.
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