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Triple T Projects Commence

By Becky Coffey

Publication: Shore Publishing

Published November 20. 2013 4:00AM

OLD SAYBROOK - t's finally Triple T time.

Triple T is the abbreviation town and school officials are using to refer to the building committee that will oversee the project to replace the high school track, tennis courts, and install an artificial turf field.

Both the Board of Selectmen (BOS) and the Board of Education (BOE) voted last week to form a building subcommittee to oversee the design, bidding, and construction process.

The town electors voted in an October referendum to provide $1.7 million to support these athletic facility projects. A total of $550,000 was allocated to replace the track and tennis courts, while $1.2 million was allocated for a new artificial turf field. All three capital projects are slated for the Old Saybrook High School campus.

As is the usual practice, the BOS has the authority to form town building committees to oversee spending of town funds on capital projects. On
Nov. 12, the selectmen voted to appoint the town's BOE as the capital projects building committee subject to BOE appointment of a subcommittee that would actually oversee the work.

Named to this Triple T projects subcommittee by the BOS were Selectman Scott Giegerich, Todd Hartt (associated with Tick's Lacrosse Program), Mike Pitruzzelo (a resident and the athletic director for Middletown High School), Tom Boland (of the Parks & Recreation Commission), Maura Richards (of the town's Economic Development Commission), Bill True, and Philip Broadhurst (newly elected to the BOE).

Fortuna said that Mike Pitruzzelo recently oversaw the installation of an artificial turf field at Middletown High School and will be able to use and apply his experience to the Old Saybrook project.

Later on Nov. 12, the BOE in turn agreed to form the recommended building subcommittee to oversee the design and construction of the athletic facilities.

With the bond sale concluded, the building subcommittee now has access to the funding necessary to pay for design and engineering services. If the committee can move quickly, the construction work on these projects could be completed in the summer of 2014.

Unlike natural grass turf fields, artificial turf fields can be used for athletic practices and games as soon as installation is completed. As a result, the new artificial turf field could be available for team practices and games as early as fall 2014.

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