Siren athletic director Ryan Karsten came up with a solution, so football can be played in Siren this upcoming season.
Karsten contacted two local contractors about getting a hole on the Siren football field fixed. There is currently a hole in the football field about 15 feet by 20 feet.
“This is what needs to be done in the next 60 days so we can play football here,” Karsten told the Siren school board Monday evening.
Nate D’Jock will take care of the field and they will donate 100 percent of their time and machinery. D’Jock asked the school to cover the cost of materials, which was estimated to cost $5,800.
“They will repair an area 70 feet by 30 feet so it will be six times larger than the area of the current hole,” Karsten said. “It’s a better solution than going out there with a pale of sand and filling the hole.”
Karsten also spoke with Mike Swanson of Jenneman’s Hardware Hank in Siren. He said he would donate 100 percent of labor costs as well to get a sprinkler system set up on the field because the newly planted seed will need to be watered.
The total cost of the system will be about $1600. It will include sand point well pump, irrigation hose, fittings and everything else.
“I don’t think we’re going to find a better price,” Karsten said.
“I don’t have another solution,” Karsten admitted. There was an idea of moving the field to run east/west and Karsten said he would need 70 days to complete that project. “With the time table we have it is not feasible.”
School board president Peggy Moore wanted to keep the village up to date on what they were doing. Karsten added they are not creating anything and should not have any issues with the village, but added he would connect with Siren’s public works director Jim Jaskolka to make sure the village knows.
The first game scheduled for the field is August 23, which means they only have about 60 days.
Duane Emery made the point that this is only a “temporary solution, this is not a permanent fix.”
Karsten will be holding an informational meeting July 1 at 6 p.m. in the Siren commons. He said anyone with thoughts or ideas for the future of the football field should attend.