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Pelham Kicks Around Idea Of Funding For Turf Field

PELHAM, N.Y. – After raising nearly $1 million to fund a turf field at Glover Field, two members of the Friends of Pelham Sports went to the Pelham town board meeting Monday night to ask whether it would consider providing additional money to the cause.

“The board’s willing to consider anything in terms of the benefit of the town and the taxpayer, but we’ve got obligations on both sides,” councilman Blake Bell said. “We have to consider taxpayer issues; we have to consider maintenance issues; we have to consider other expenses ... so that’s going to be part of the process over the next couple of months.”

The Pelham recreation soccer program now has a surplus of about $700,000, said Friends of Pelham Sports board Chairman Michael Volpe and Treasurer Vincent Mazzaro.

The town board members agreed to discuss the matter and get back to Volpe and Mazzaro. The decision on whether to install a turf field would be up to the Friends of Pelham Sports and the Pelham Board of Education, which owns the property.

About $950,000 has been raised in the past seven or eight months, Volpe said. He described his organization as a “booster club on steroids” and said his goal is to continue raising funds and to possibly partner with other local organizations to help Pelham sports teams.

Some donors have pledged more money because the Friends of Pelham Sports hit the $950,000 mark. The new field would cost “a hair above” $1 million.

The goal is to raise the funds privately and not place a burden on the taxpayers, Volpe said.

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