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PA school board to decide Civic lighting issue Thursday

April 24th, 2014 - 5:30am

(PORT ANGELES)-- The Port Angeles School Board will be asked tonight to kick in tens of thousands of dollars to help fix lights at Civic Field in Port Angeles.

The 36-year old outdoor lighting system is failing, with some lights literally falling off the standards. The city hopes the school district will kick in 140-thousand dollars toward a 400-thousand dollar project to replace the lighting.

City park's director Cory Delikat says it's fair to ask the school district to kick in, since high school sports is one of the primary uses of the field.

In addition to $60,000-dollars already set aside by the city, Delikat says his department is applying for a $200,000-dollar grant from the state's Recreation and Conservation Office to meet the total cost of the project.

Delikat says up to now, the his crews have been able to perform repairs on the failing lighting system, but the age of the components has reached the point where they need to be replaced.

School superintendent Dr. Jane Pryne is recommending the school board approve the contribution at a school board meeting tonight.

If the funding request is not authorized and the lights are not upgraded, any future athletic events would likely have to be rescheduled to daytime hours.

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