CHAUMONT — Lyme town government is saving thousands of dollars by sharing manpower and equipment with Lyme Central School District, according to the town supervisor.
"Our Highway Department has been picking up brush at the school for the contractors who are working on the district's construction project," Supervisor Scott G. Aubertine said. "We figured our Highway Department would be spending about $3,500 in labor and in equipment to pick up the brush, but we're getting about $16,000 worth of equipment and material from the contractor."
In exchange for helping the contractors at Lyme Central's capital construction site, the town will receive 20 truckloads of topsoil and three highway catch basins and will get to borrow a construction roller, which will be used to level the town's youth ball field on Route 12E, for free.
The Highway Department also was able to borrow a trencher from the contractors to bury a water line, Mr. Aubertine said.
The school district — and ultimately its students — will benefit from the deal as the town is using the resources to build new ball fields for varsity soccer, softball and baseball teams.
Since March, the town has been building fields on town-owned land behind the school district's bus garage to ensure that students will have a place to play while the district renovates its athletic field.
District Superintendent Karen M. Donahue has said students will not be able to use the district's athletic field until fall 2011.
Lyme Central's field improvement project is part of the district's $4 million capital construction project.
The softball field is done. Mr. Aubertine said the soccer field will be leveled and seeded in the next few weeks and should be ready for the fall varsity season. The baseball diamond should be completed before the spring season, he said.