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Planning Board Hears Proposals for Lights at Marshall St. Fields, Hollis St. Development

by Matt Ristaino
July 21, 2018

The Holliston Youth Soccer Association proposed a plan to bring in temporary, portable lights to the soccer fields on Marshall St. this fall at Thursday’s planning board meeting.

The lights would be used from September through mid-November from dusk until 8p.m. at the latest. Having these lights would allow for later practice times in the fall, which would make it easier for HYSA coaches, who are all volunteers, to hold full-length practices after work, said HYSA president Anthony Capela.

The board had a number of concerns about the new lights, such as disruption to the neighbors and possible environmental impacts.

Board member Josh Santoro said that he had been around similar lights when he played Pop Warner football as a kid, and they are very loud and could be an annoyance to neighbors. There was also a concern about increased traffic around the fields in the evening and after dark in an otherwise quiet neighborhood because of the later practice times.

The Marshall St. fields are abutted by conservation land, so the board also wanted to make sure that these lights would not affect that land in any way.

HYSA secretary and scheduling director Dawn Nebrosky said that without these lights, it is a challenge to schedule practice times in the fall that fit the coaches’ schedules. Nebrosky also mentioned that HYSA is competing with club soccer and other sports for field time, so these lights would increase available field time, allowing teams more practices.  

In the end, the board decided to make a decision at their next meeting at the end of August. In the meantime, they will visit the fields to get a better sense of where the lights would be and assess their impact. The board also requested that HYSA contact neighbors in the area to let them know about the proposal, and get information from the light suppliers, such as the noise levels the lights generate.

The board also heard a proposal about a new residential development on Hollis St., just across from the high school football field.

George Connors of Connorstone Engineering outlined the project, which would include two houses and a small road that would serve as a shared private driveway.

The board was concerned about the accessibility of the road for emergency vehicles, and wanted to make sure that the fire department approved of the plans. Connors said that they were willing to work with the fire department to come up with an acceptable design.

The board approved of the plan, contingent upon approval by the fire department as well as a review by the conservation commission, as the project is next to the Daniels conservation land.

 

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Comments (2)

Back in the day, we did a thing called homework and didn't have fancy lights. Hit the books kids.

- Jimmy R. Ritucci | 7/22/18 8:32 AM

Good coverage Matt. Thank you.

- Shaw lively | 7/21/18 6:40 AM

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