Lighting system is approved for Howard stadium

High Schools

July 18, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Department of Education has approved the expenditure of $79,926 to construct a modern replacement lighting system for the county's only lighted high school football stadium.

A March storm blew down one of 10 wooden light poles at Howard High. Erected in 1962, the remaining poles were later declared unsafe and removed, leaving the possibility that Howard County would be left without a lighted field.

Howard is expected to have the new system in time for the start of football season, said the department of education's chief business officer Bruce Venter. A contract for the new system has been signed with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

Venter said the system will include two 70-foot and two 60-foot light poles made of spun concrete that can last up to 100 years, and a total of 36 light fixtures for the poles. The lights will be set back from the field and can be aimed downward to minimize their effect on the school's neighbors.

"We received an outpouring of countywide community support to get the lights replaced," said Howard athletic director Vince Parnell, who is also the varsity football coach.

Parnell said the first football game under the new lights will be played against Wilde Lake on Sept. 5.

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