GAME OFF GLEN ROCK?   The highly anticipated and hotly debated Faber Field Referendum Results are in —  

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 By: Eileen Hillock

 

 

On Election Day 2014 Glen Rock citizens voted 3:1 against  Glen Rock Municipal Question #1 the referendum to borrow $3M to renovate Faber Field with the installation of artificial turf.  Published results were 2999 – NO  1176 – YES.  Councilwoman Mary Jane Surrago  noted at 10/29 Council meeting that she was looking forward to the seeing the results of the vote and how close, or not, the results would come in.  On Tuesday, Glen Rock voters let their voices be heard and sent the Council a clear mandate.

 

For complete Glen Rock Election results see:  http://glenrocknj.net/about/news/article.php?articleid=427

 

Is it really GAME OFF Glen Rock?  I don’t think so…  it’s very important not to forget the passion inspired on both sides of the fence (pun intended) and now work diligently on finding on THE BEST solution for all concerned.

 

In my opinion, what ultimately came out of the discussions is the following:

  1. There is strong agreement that Faber Field is a valuable town asset and has been in disrepair for a long, long time.  It needs to be improved –for sports and other recreational activities.
  2. Our overall field usage for all sports needs to be more transparent and maximized to the extent possible, with serious consideration given to installing lights at the other existing fields in town.
  3. As a Town, we need to look at all things holistically and with fiscal responsibility.

 

Let’s not lose sight of the value of compromise.  The ongoing discussions brought many interesting facts to light and inspired “out of the box” solutions.  We need a “Plan B”.

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade

Let’s work together as the wonderful Community that is Glen Rock to create a vision for the future of Faber Field that is acceptable and safe to all residents of town ~ young , old  and in-between alike.

 

And… I’m happy to say that has already begun. On Election night Tuesday night Glen Rockers gathered at the Glen Rock Inn (albeit one “side” in the front and one “side” in the back) eagerly awaiting the results of the election and by Wednesday night the “Grass Roots Committee to Improve Faber” came together at The Greek Taverna to discuss next steps while Councilwoman-elect Amy Martin held a Faber Forum at her home that attracted a standing room only crowd and a spirited improvement discussion.

 

It’s time to heal – Faber and Our Community J   We’re off to a good start!

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