In its latest round of funding the state yesterday awarded a $500,000 grant to refurbish Hormel Stadium and install an artificial turf playing surface, local and state officials said.
At a hastily called press conference, Mayor Michael McGlynn was joined by Richard Sullivan, Energy and Environmental affairs secretary, who announced the funding.
McGlynn said he was notified yesterday by Sullivan's office, which administers the statewide program.
If the project runs on schedule, the new field could be ready for play by next football season, McGlynn said.
Other aspects of the project would remove the fence at the 2,500-seat facility, repair and repaint the running track, and install a new scoreboard. In the past, reading the old board was difficult for spectators because of heavy sun glare during mornings and evenings.
"This particular project at Hormel is happening because the planning is done, the city has spent the money, and its ready to go," Sullivan said, calling the project "shovel ready."
The news conference also was the stage for word of other spending: Medford public schools plan to spend $2 million on technology in the coming months, the mayor and Superintendent Roy Belson said.
The money will buy 2,108 computers for the school, including printers and laptops for teacher and student use, computers for the library, and the replacement of administrator desktops.
The $2 million for the plan will be subject to public input and approval by the School Committee and City Council, McGlynn said.
Belson said the new equipment could land in classrooms as early as January 2012. Belson lamented the tough economic times, but said advancing technology forward remains a priority.
"You have to make some choices, either you want new equipment or you keep teachers in classrooms," he said.
In other news, Medford public schools plan to spend $2 million on technology in the coming months, Mayor Michael McGlynn and Superintendent Roy Belson said.