The North Bend Eagle

 

Groff Field going to be lit

by Nathan Arneal
Published 1/23/19

The North Bend City Council approved the addition of lights to the Groff softball field east of the high school at its Jan. 15 meeting.

For some time, the Council has been considering building a new ball field. When it came down to it, adding lights to Groff was a cheaper alternative while still easing the crowded schedule of the existing ball diamonds.

Andrea Halladay, who was advocating for new lights on behalf of the North Bend Optimist Club, said adding lights to Groff Field would double the number games that would be able to be played on the field. She estimated with lights that 15 to 20 games a week could be played on Groff and the NBC softball fields.

The Council was presented two options by a representative of Musco Sports Lighting: high intensity discharge lighting or LED lighting.

The HID option cost $79,000, while the LED lighting was $112,000.

A big advantage of the LED option was a 25-year warranty that came with it, meaning the city would have no maintenance costs for the next quarter-century. The LED lights will also be more directly focussed on the field than HID lights, throwing less light on neighboring houses.

The city is also negotiating with Valmont to get the light poles donated, which would knock $12,000 off the cost.

The Council approved the LED option as long as the Valmont donation went through.

To pay for the lights, the city will use money from CD’s cashed last summer when it was considering buying land for a new field.

 

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