The long awaited public hearings on lighting for two Recreational facilities will open next week. On Monday October 19, the Planning Board will hold hearings on Major Site Plan Approvals for Mooney Baseball Field at Finn School and Richardson Tennis Courts at Neary School.
The project that has had the most interest (and been most controversial) is Mooney Field. Lighting a baseball field in town has been a desire of Southborough Youth Baseball for at least 10 years.
In 2017, Recreation went before the Zoning Board of Approvals to get variances lighting at the two outdoor facilities. The Mooney project was strongly opposed by residents living across the street from the field, worried about the impact. And an abutter to the Neary-Trottier campus opposed the project as a betrayal of promises made by the Town years before. The variances were approved.
That spring, abutters made their arguments again at Annual Town Meeting. But baseball families showed up in support for the Article, helping to pass it and the Tennis Court lighting project. Voters approved putting $220,700 in CPA funds towards Mooney Field lighting and $153,000 towards lighting the courts.
Now the project needs final approval of site plan details from the Planning Board. In most instances, the board ultimately approves site plans, but there are often agreed to modifications and attached conditions.
Updated (10/13/20 10:40 am): I added photos of the fields.