Howard gets estimate for lights: $93K

BGE proposes its cost for installing new system

April 23, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Howard High athletic director Vince Parnell yesterday received a $93,000 estimate from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for a modern lighting system on the school's football field.

A storm last month blew down one of 10 wooden light poles erected in 1962; an independent contractor condemned the remaining nine for safety reasons.

The new lighting system would comprise four poles - two on each side of the field - that would be behind the track instead of in front as were the old poles. Each new pole would be 70 feet tall and have 15 lights.

Parnell has scheduled a meeting for tomorrow to allow BGE to explain its proposal to Boosters Club and Department of Education representatives.

Howard's track team has not practiced on the track for two weeks, nor have lacrosse games been played on the stadium field.

The lights have been taken off the poles, which Parnell expects to be removed in all or part today.

"We expect the boys lacrosse game will be played on the stadium field Thursday," Parnell said. "The worst scenario today will have the girls lacrosse team playing on the Bermuda grass field hockey field."

BGE also presented the option of a 10-year lease of the lights, which would require no up-front money, with BGE handling all maintenance.

"At least now we have a definite figure we can discuss," Parnell said.

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