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Roscoe Township board hears pleas about new fields

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Roscoe Township board members listen to why some people think their plans for a new athletic park need to change.

The group was smaller tonight than in previous meetings but they came bearing facts. Facts they hope will make a difference in how the township board approaches these athletic fields.

"The main entrance, the traffic on the roads, no human contact with the water coming out of the irrigation well."

These are the main concerns of Roscoe Township neighbors living near the new athletic parks, slated to be complete by 2014.

Some even went as far as requesting Freedom Of Information Act documents from the county.

What they learned was that while the township got a water well permit for the property, it comes with many restrictions including to not touch or drink the water.

"We're not going to use water that's not safe. That is absolutely our goal. We wouldn't even consider using unsafe water," said Renee McNitt.

Township Supervisor Renee McNitt expects her board will come up with a plan on how to alleviate the worries.

In the meantime restrictions also require supervision over the water source at all events ensuring humans avoid physical contact with it.

For Sally Wallace that doesn't fix a thing.

"What about when the kids from the neighborhood go out there and the irrigation systems going. Who's going to protect those kids, who's going to tell them," said Wallace.

Before people attending future events can even avoid the water, they have to get to the park. Steve hood says that is why he can't sell his house.

The entrance is right across the street.

"I've had some people interested but as soon as you show them that park thing and see that entrance, they know it's a problem right away so they don't ask anymore," said Hood.

"We don't have the traffic yet, but to our estimates we don't feel that it's a concern and we have had a landscape and architect examine the situation and we think we have a good solution," said McNitt.

Mcnitt says the township will have a professional come in and test water sources before moving forward with any construction.

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