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Carroll ISD Trustees Approve Controversial Field Lights

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SOUTHLAKE (CBSDFW.COM) - Carroll ISD Trustees voted unanimously late Monday night to place lights at the baseball and softball fields at Carroll Senior High School.

The lights have been opposed by neighboring residents, who fear the lights could shine on their homes and lower their property values.

According to Julie Thannum, the Executive Director of Communications & Marketing for Carroll ISD, the district will look to minimize the impact on surrounding neighborhoods by taking preventative measures.

These measures include limiting the field use to UIL activities involving Carroll students/programs (no rentals to outside teams); setting a maximum number of night games per year; requesting of the District UIL Committee that games start no later than 7:00 p.m.; and increasing the landscaping buffer between the field lights and homes. The Board also asked the administration to set PA sound limits and to turn lights to 50 percent during post-game field maintenance and clean-up.

To have the project approved, Carroll ISD must now go through the normal process with the City of Southlake.

The lighting project will be paid for with remaining funds from 2006 bonds. The trustees also agree to construct a water well on-site for landscaping and field maintenance, which will be paid for through remaining 2009 bond funds.

Opponents of the lights are hinting that they may take the matter to court.

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