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School district gets town water

To ensure a lush, green field for the soccer team, Coupeville School District officials turned to the town for water.

The Coupeville Town Council approved a temporary use permit May 23 allowing the school district to use town water for a field currently located outside Coupeville boundaries. The permit would allow the school district to purchase water from mid July through mid September 2006. The school district will pay a higher, out-of-town rate for the water.

Town Councilman Marshall Bronson asked why the town should make an exception to regulations and grant a hookup for the fields. To qualify for a water hookup, the school district would technically need a building permit for a permanent building.

However, Mayor Nancy Conard said it would be best to wait.

“We feel it’s best to deal with them on a temporary basis,” Conard said. “They have a lot of issues they are dealing with.”

The Coupeville School District had to install the temporary fields because the old ones were removed to make room for a new high school.

The school district hired a design firm earlier this month to help design a permanent facility for the fields at the corner of Terry and Ebey roads. They need the plans to get a permit that would allow baseball games to take place next spring.

School officials don’t know when the improvements to Engle Field will happen. They are waiting for other construction projects, such as the high school, auxiliary gym and covered play area at the elementary school to finish before moving forward with the field project.

“We’re in the process of working toward a permanent permit for the Engle Field project,” school district Superintendent Bill Myhr said.

In addition to designing a permanent facility, the school district will look to resolve its ongoing water problems. School officials will decide whether to purchase a water connection or drill a well.

One council member doesn’t like the idea of another well being drilled on Central Whidbey considering the town recently expanded its service area.

“I would hate to see them drill a well,” said Councilman Bob Clay.

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