In a 2,841 to 2,745 vote, the residents of Charlotte, Hinesburg, St. George, Shelburne, and Williston defeated a $700,000 bond that would help fund the installation of turf fields at the Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg Tuesday, March 3. It was the second of two bond measures regarding turf fields that failed in the past two years.
The proposed bond, rejected by only 96 votes, represented a compromise that would involve a community donation drive to raise over $1.8 million to supplement the general bond of $700,000 with the goal of solving drainage problems on the high school’s athletic fields.
In recent years many practices and games have been canceled or moved because water and mud drain poorly in the clay soils beneath the fields, even after field upgrades took place at the school in 2004.
The proposal was based, in part, on a feasibility study of CVU athletic fields completed in 2011 by Gale Associates, a sport facility, planning, and design firm. The 90-page Gale Report found that the current fields fall short of meeting participation demands both in relation to the number of athletes to field ratio and in the ability to maintain and repair the current fields.