Friday, May 1, 1998

Article 9: Ballfields on Banta-Davis

The recreation commission is proposing an active recreational complex on the Banta-Davis Land consisting of four diamonds, two soccer fields, basketball court, cross country track, field house, lavatories, parking and irrigation to be phased in over three years. The town has paid the engineering firm of Stamski and McNary $20,000 to generate development plans and a cost estimate.

Phase One, which is Article 9 on the Warrant, has been estimated at $570,000 and includes site workócut, clear, strip and fill; a baseball and a softball diamond; a soccer field; jogging track; parking (not paved); pond and irrigation.

This week, the commission received a preliminary bid from Joseph Cataldo of Littleton Environmental Services, Inc. for Phase One totaling $549,000. Cataldo has worked with the town and is presently working on recreational fields in Sudbury, according to RecCom chair Eva Herndon. She explained that with the tight timeline, the RecCom had not yet gone through the official bidding process, but would do so within the coming month if the plan is approved.

Future phases

As for the future, the commission has emphasized that there is considerable flexibility in Phase Two and Phase Three, once the major site work is completed during Phase One. For example, Phase Two might include: a basketball court, drinking water (well and fountains), field house and lavatories. The estimated cost for such items would total $107,400.

Phase Three is presently envisioned as follows, although tennis courts could easily be substituted for one of the fields: a soccer field, a baseball field and irrigation for an estimated $92,300.

RecCom members have said that they are unable to sponsor new programs such as lacrosse, field hockey, touch football, adult baseball or softball, and basketball without additional fields.

Comparison with surrounding towns show the following students/field ratios:

Concord 22 fields 92 students/field

Littleton 12 fields 84 students /field

Lincoln 9 fields 67 students/field

Carlisle 4 fields* 180 students/field

*including Banta-Davis, which was idle last year

Tax impact

The 15-year schedule for $570,000 of debt shows that the impact on the tax rate per $100,000 in real estate valuation would start at $11.34 and drop to $6.56 by the fifteenth year. This would result in an initial tax of $39 for an average house worth $350,000.

Available for questions

RecCom held a public hearing on the proposed plans on April 22 and April 30. They have mailed a fact sheet to all households in Carlisle and will be available at the town transfer station on Saturday, May 2, to answer questions.