After a two-year hiatus, the town will begin looking at renovating the track and tennis courts side of Victory Field, and Council President Mark Sideris seeks community members to serve on the committee.
There will be nine members of the Ad Hoc Committee on Victory Field Renovations, including five people appointed to represent different parts of the community.
The one stipulation the committee must abide by is that the renovation will include a natural grass area inside the track, not artificial turf, because that was the biggest area of concern, said Sideris at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.
Three members of the general public will be selected, including one direct abutter of the field, Sideris said. The two others will represent field users, but are not related to school athletics or youth sports, he added.
Additionally, there will also be one member representing Watertown youth sports groups who will be selected by the Council President. Another member of the Watertown Public Schools Athletics, and will be chosen by the Chairman of the School Committee, John Portz.
“This member could be an athlete, a member of the school administration or a member of the School Committee,” Sideris said.
The the other four members of the Victory Field Committee will be:
- District C Town Councilor Vincent Piccirilli, who will serve as chair
- Chair of the Committee on Human Services, Councilor Tony Palomba
- Director of Recreation Peter Centola
- Director of Community Development and Planning Steve Magoon, or his designee
A committee was to have formed in 2014, but the effort never got started. Those who applied must apply again, Sideris said.
Those interested in becoming a member of the committee should submit a letter or email of interest to the Town Council President stating why he or she should be appointed and what relevant area they would represent.
Sideris said: “I am looking to set up this committee as soon as possible so I am requesting submissions of letters of interest to be sent to me through the council clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 29, 2016.”
The mailing address is: Council Clerk, 149 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472.