Maple Grange work begins

Vernon. Field replacement at Maple Grange Park expected to take about four weeks.

Oct 01 2019 | 01:37 PM

Work began on turf replacement at Maple Grange Park on Monday.

Vernon Township Mayor Harry Shortway said the two fields expect to be completed by the middle of October.

The turf material was delivered to the park on Monday and leveling work began on Field 2, the field closest to the parking lot.

Shortway told the township council on Monday, Sept. 23 that the material for Field 1 will arrive shortly after.

The field replacements were paid for with a $872,750 bond issue, and on Election Day, township voters will vote on a 10-year tax of a half-cent per $100 of assessed value for recreation purposes.

Township Council President Jean Murphy previously said it would cost the average Vernon Township home - valued at about $215,000 - about $11 per year.

Murphy said the council was informed that in about two years the park's football field will need to be replaced at a cost of $525,000.