Howe Field restoration wrapping up

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BAY HEAD — After years in a state of disrepair, Howe Field will soon be restored to its former glory. 

At the May 4 meeting of the Bay Head Borough Council, officials told those in attendance via conference call that contractor Earthworks, Inc. will soon be wrapping up work at the site, which has included the regrading and reseeding of the field.

“The Howe Field Restoration Project is almost complete. The contractor, Earthworks, Inc., has completed the final grading of the field and seeding should be completed by the end of the week,” Councilwoman Diane Cornell, chair of the borough’s Public Works Committee, told The Ocean Star.

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“Earthworks, Inc. was awarded the contract in October of 2019 in the amount of $149,760. The scope of the project included removal of existing encroachments, screening of topsoil, raising the grade of the field to assist with drainage and reseeding, fertilizing and mulching the regraded field.”

In addition to a water meter being opened in order to water the field once seeded and when needed, Ms. Cornell’s committee report mentioned a construction fence will be erected “around the entire field once seeded so it has a chance to grow without being trampled.”

According to officials, the field has been in an unsightly state since shortly after Superstorm Sandy, when Howe Field was used for debris removal initially and then was home to various trucks and other equipment for the Route 35 project when it began.

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