Commissioners approve $105k rec department field lighting project

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By Nick Nunn staff writer

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted unanimously in favor of a motion to approve $105,000 for an external lighting system at Dupree Field and an additional $7,000 for purchase of a scoreboard and the renovation of an existing building so that it can house a concession stand. County Manager Michael Lamar said that the existing lighting at Dupree Field is between 15 and 20 years old.

Lance Alexander, director of the Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department, thanked the board for being “proactive” regarding the expansion of existing facilities, noting the decrease in additional real estate for new facilities in the area. Alexander stated that the lighting system would be a “better, environmentally sound” lighting system, which would save up to $60,000 in energy costs over the life of the system. He added that a 25-year maintenance agreement is a portion of the agreement with Musco Sports Lighting, Inc. Alexander stated that the arrangement of the lighting system “cuts down on a lot of the spillage” that typically occurs with external lighting systems. “We’re not going to have the blast of light that you have at the high school football field,” said Alexander.

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