WESTMINSTER -- The Bellows Falls Union High School Buildings and Grounds Committee has decided to file for an Act 250 permit for the stadium lights at Hadley Field before refiling an application with the Westminster Developmental Review Board for a zoning permit.
Committee Chairman Russ Capron said he hopes this will expedite the process of getting the zoning permit. The committee, part of the BFUHS Board of Directors, met with School Superintendent Chris Kibbe and BFUHS Principal Chris Hodsden in executive session Tuesday morning.
When asked when the process of filing for the Act 250 permit would begin, Kibbe replied, "As soon as I'm out of this room."
The stadium lights, the first in school history, have a short, storied history at BFUHS. They were made possible by the financial holdings of the late Alvin L. Southwick, a longtime Westminster resident and sports lover who died in August 2011.
However, the project ran into problems when Techline Inc. -- the Texas-based company hired to install the poles that hoist the lights -- did not make sure all necessary permits were in order before the project began and some people have complained about the glare the lights produce.
Also, it was learned in late August that Techline could not guarantee the safety of the installation and Hadley Field was closed to all use. But soil sample borings taken from the field indicated the poles are safe and the BFUHS Board voted unanimously last week to reopen it.
The BFUHS football team's first home game is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday. The kick-off time had previously been misprinted in the Reformer. The Terriers will host the Milton Yellowjackets.