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Video cameras to be installed at new multipurpose turf field

Published March 28. 2012 05:01PM

Northern Lehigh School District plans to install video cameras at its new multipurpose turf field.

The district will accept bids for a close-circuit video surveillance to be positioned in the Bulldog Athletic Stadium until 2 p.m. Friday, April 20.

A mandatory prebid conference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, at 1 p.m. in the District Office, 1201 Shadow Oaks Lane, Slatington. A project overview and stadium tour will be conducted for all prebid attendees at that time.

Last month, the school board agreed to spend $770,000 for the multipurpose turf field. shell out more than three-quarters of a million dollars for an artificial surface, scoreboard, and security camera system in the stadium.

As per the motion, the board entered into contracts with Field Turf to install the artificial surface ($699,000); Nevoc to install a scoreboard ($50,000); and another company to install a security camera system ($20,000), to be paid from the district's Capital Projects account.

Greg Derr, director of support services and transportation, said the district plans to install between four to five cameras at the stadium "to protect our investment in the community's field. "

Derr said that if things comes together for the district, it would look to begin construction of the field in May, with mid-July as the completion date.

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of Business Affairs/Human Resources, said last month that the district previously received a $10,000 contribution from the Wasilauski family, residents of the district, to help pay for the scoreboard.

Superintendent Michael Michaels said in January that he was concerned with the surface of the playing field, and added that referees have complained of the field's poor condition.

At that time, Michaels said the board could either choose to upgrade the stadium surface with natural grass, which would cost about $400,000; or, pay an additional cost of $299,000 for turf, which would raise the price for the turf field to $699,000.

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