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Voters face tough choice in
expensive repairs to fields
By Melanie Higgins
W
ith Town Meeting just
days away, voters in Lyn-
nfieldhavea lot tothinkabout,
and fields will take an outsized
space among those consider-
ations. According to the Mas-
terPlansurvey, fieldsandopen
spaces were high on the prior-
ity for voters, second only to
the desire for improvements
to sidewalks and roadways.
Unfortunately, it’s going to
come at a cost. At the April 4
meeting of the Board of Se-
lectmen, the Fields Commit-
tee Chairman pegged the cost
of improvements to fields at
around $6 million. Voters will
havetowadethroughthe long
list of items proposed todeter-
mine which are most impor-
tant to them.
Officials at the meeting had
some suggestions. Selectman
Phil Crawford characterized
updates to the town’s middle
school track as the “best bang
for the buck,” and stated that
improvementswouldbeamo-
raleboost sincethedilapidated
complexhasn’tbeenutilizedto
host ahomemeet infiveyears.
Superintendent Jane Trem-
blay said that improvements
totheelementaryschool fields
were also high on the list, cit-
ing safety concerns. But near-
ly all said that not all of the ar-
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LynnfieldAmerican Legion Post 131 honoredDaniel Townsend, the firstman fromLynnfield to
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