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posted: 8/7/2010 12:01 AM

Drainage work near completion at Lake Community High School

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  • Drain tiles were installed at the football field at Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa as part of the re-engineering to help the field drain properly.

      Drain tiles were installed at the football field at Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa as part of the re-engineering to help the field drain properly.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 

Lakes Community High School is nearing completion of a three-week project to put an end to drainage issues on Polley Field.

The project added improved drainage below the football field and recrowned the field.

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Wayne Sobczak, president of the Antioch-Lake Villa Area High School District 117 school board, said the flooding problems were not major, but had caused some of the Lake Villa school's football games to be moved to away fields.

"Each time we had a flood last year, it was the day before a game day," Sobczak said. "We would have standing water for maybe a day."

Tom Rychlik, Gewalt Hamilton Associates engineer, said the roughly $150,000 project began July 7 and the sod was installed July 28.

The new sod is now in place on the field and is taking root. The school expects the field to be ready for the football team's first home game on Sept. 3. Athletic teams will not be allowed to practice or use the field before that first game, officials said.

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