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$1.95 million bond pitched to local Rotarians

Steve Winfree and Bill Daley of the YES Committee spoke Monday, Jan. 29, to the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club about the $1.95 million school bond up for a vote in March.

Winfree told Rotary members Clem Senn Field will remain in its current location, however, the home bleachers and visitor bleachers will be replaced and moved if voters approve the bond.

"The home stands would be on the north side of the field since there is not enough room for them by the tennis courts," Winfree said.

In a bond rejected by voters last year, the YES committee proposed new stadium seating for approximately 3,600 fans. The 2007 bond has been pared back and would pay for new bleachers that would accommodate only 2,000 people. "We've scaled it back," said Daley.

The new bleachers won't have gaps between seating, allowing fans to feel secure that their personal items and/or children will not fall under the bleachers.

When asked about the expected life of the bleachers, Daley explained to Rotary members, "The seating will be aluminum and replacable." He said the parts will be interchangeable and the I-beams are expected to last approximately 50 years.

As a part of the Clem Senn Field upgrades proposed with funding from the bond, a restroom would be installed on the east end of the field, allowing easier access to facilities for baseball, tennis and other sports.

Hannah Paulakis, a Sunnyside High School student and ASB member, asked, "Would the bleachers be replaced in time for graduation?"

"No. We will consider ourselves lucky to have them in place for our first football game in September," was Daley's response.

In addition, the bond will allow for more parking during sporting events. "People who have been parking in the grass, creating their own parking spaces, won't have to do so anymore," Daley commented.

Winfree and Daley continued to explain that 20 percent of the bond would be utilized in renovating the auditorium at Sunnyside High School. "The wiring is 20 plus years old," Daley said.

The bond would allow for new lighting, new curtains and a new sound system in the auditorium, helping improve the quality of presentations and performances. "You may not see the change to begin with, but you will hear it and see it during a performance," said Winfree.

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