Athletic Field Committee Will Give Project Another Try

Following a defeat at the polls in May, the committee trying to get a new artificial playing field and athletic complex built at the high school is not ready to throw in the towel.

Committee member Michael A. Duffany said the group met Monday this week, and because “there’s been enough feedback from people in the community that they want this field,” the group wants to try again.

In the coming months, the field committee will try to “identify the different reasons people voted against it,” Mr. Duffany said. He thought lingering misinformation about the maintenance and replacement costs were a factor in the question’s defeat.

Question 3 asked voters to spend $1.66 million via a one-time increase in taxes to pay for the field. It was defeated 4,911 to 2,357.

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“It’d be nice to hear from people about why they voted against it,” Mr. Duffany said, “because everyone I’ve talked to [with one exception] voted for it.”

To go forward again, Mr. Duffany said, the field committee would need the full support—“not just support from the background”—of the town’s various departments: school, parks and DPW, selectmen and town manager. He said the group will be meeting with town officials and committee members in the coming months to take their temperature in this regard.

The field committee also plans to discuss with the Community Preservation Committee if $250,000 earmarked for the field, but dependent upon last month’s vote, can be held in reserve through the next May election cycle.

Mr. Duffany said that if the field question goes to the polls again, the field committee would try to do a better job connecting with young voters, perhaps creating a website about the project and advertising its efforts through Facebook and other social media. Voter turnout was 30 percent for last month’s election.

Mr. Duffany, a builder, grew up in Falmouth. He has two sons: one still lives in town, but the other moved to Boston for professional reasons. The new field complex would be an attractive asset to young families, Mr. Duffany said, and help stem the “migration of young people off-Cape.”

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