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FORESTVILLE — The Forestville Central School District continues to make progress in addressing drainage issues related to its sports fields. At last week’s meeting, the board welcomed David Spann of Chautauqua County Soil and Water, who agreed the project needed work.

“The school has approached the Soil and Water District with an ongoing drainage issue in the athletic area,” Spann said. “I know it persists because it’s from the 60s…and from what I can tell, nothing was ever done.”

During the meeting, Spann was also able to outline some of the reasons for the drainage problem, related to the accumulation of nearby water being blocked by debris.

“You have a few things going on,” Spann said. “You have a creek full of wood debris and gravel and a pond just across the property line. … The pond is causing a problem and you have heavy soil causing a pool of oversaturated water.

Spann said they needed to put a perimeter drain around the sports field to route water into the safe exit down the street. Spann also said there are project funds available to get clean water and filtered water. The project would also solve the drainage problem near the elementary school sidewalk.

“We can budget together” Spann said. “It’s not made official yet, but $10,000 would be a good investment for the school to complete this whole project.”

The connection to Spann was made through Forestville groundskeeper Brian Taber, whom Superintendent Renee Garrett thanked for the connection. The entire school board offered its support to move the project forward.

“It’s been a long time coming” said Forestville School Board President Carol Woodward. “And that’s good news.”

The next Forestville School Board meeting will be Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. and the 2022-23 budget hearing will be at 6 p.m. that day.

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