Central stadium use this spring a possibility after meeting

The Paddock Lake Village Board will hold a special meeting this Thursday to again consider Central High School’s request to use its newly constructed stadium this spring for soccer and this summer for various sports camps.

The development comes after a meeting between representatives of the village and the school district Friday.

The Village Board on April 21 rejected a bid by the school to use the stadium, citing concerns over unresolved safety problems.

Village President Marlene Goodson said she would call the special meeting to reconsider the exact same proposal as was  rejected April 21.

Representatives of both the district and the village feel the meeting was productive.

“The communication opened up,” Goodson said. “I know we’re on the same page now.”

“… I think we’re all on the same page on what needs to be done,” Central district administrator Scott Pierce said.

After the April 21 action, use of the stadium looked hopeless for this spring until School Board President Mary Ellen Pearsall and village President Marlene Goodson recently met informally and set-up Friday’s discussion with board representatives and staff from each entity.

In an email to westofthei.com, Pierce said:

Communication is key to this entire issue and it was obviously lacking. We (I) must take responsibility for that but we will not let it happen in the future as we proceed with the final phases of construction.”

The school district will also be presenting to the village Planning Commission a letter with details about completion of the rest of the project, Pierce said. That will happen within the next 10 days.

Goodson said village building inspector Tim Popanda is working with Pierce on what needs to be in that letter.


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