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Spanish Fort High School Football will not get artificial turf

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SPANISH FORT, AL (WALA) -

 The Spanish Fort High School Toros Football team are the shining stars of the Eastern Shore city, but today, their city council did not vote in their favor.

Monday, June 1, the Spanish Fort City Council voted against a motion to install an artificial turf on the football field of Spanish Fort High School. 

The city's mayor, Mike McMillan, had proposed the project, noting that it made good business sense for the city. 

While the turf would cost taxpayers some $760,000, McMillan said it has a 12 to 14 year life span and a 10 year warranty. Future replacement would be half the cost. He said the turf would end up saving the high school money, that it could use for other necessities. 

Still, some in the community feel it's not an investment the city should make at this time, and some council members agreed. 

“I'm not saying that astro turf is not the answer, I think we need more time to think it all through, to come up with alternative revenue sources to pay for it, and look at a long term plan," explained councilwoman Mary Brabner. 

Other council members said the proposal comes at terrible timing, noting the harsh loss the Baldwin County Board of Education suffered on the Special School Tax Referendum on March 31, and the resignation of the Baldwin County School Superintendent, Robbie Owen. 

Community members in favor of the project said they understood the city council's reservations. 

“I don't think there's ever a great time to spend $769,000. I think, for my opinion, the timing was that they had some money, they had a project, they had a very definitive timeline, and could make an impact. I think that's rare that you have that all in a bundle. So I thought it was the right time, to do this, but there's a lot of other issues out there in this community that they felt they needed to devote that money to, and I can't fault them for that," said Rob Dotson, a resident of Spanish Fort. 

Even council members who voted down the project, mentioned there is a need for renovations on the football field, and there is a dire need for more fields for youth athletic teams to call home as well. 

Community members could see some new proposals coming to the table in the coming months. 




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