Temporary field lights at Scotts Ridge get another five years

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a revised special permit for Scotts Ridge Middle School to use four mobile light towers to illuminate the school’s turf field for the next five years at its July 17 meeting.

The commission had originally voted last summer to allow the school to use the lights for one year, Planning and Zoning Director Richard Baldelli said.

“They want to have long-term lights, but a couple of things have come up,” Baldelli said “One of the things is the work that needs to be done on the field, and then there’s a funding component.”

He said the school asked for a five-year approval to account for funding and completing the work on the turf field.

The approval allows the school to use the lights between Aug. 15 and Nov. 15 on weekdays between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

“Because of the success of last season,” said the Soccer Club of Ridgefield in its application, “and the delay in the re-turfing efforts (which in turn delays efforts for permanent lighting) SCOR is requesting a five-year approval.”

The eight commissioners present all voted in favor of allowing the towers.