Brookfield's insurance company will pay for lights at the high school football field damaged by the May 15th macroburst. One pole was broken and another is failing. But since they are currently wooden poles, that is what the company will pay for when it comes to replacements. The old poles are about 40 feet high.
Brookfield officials have been talking about putting in modern metal poles. They would be 80 feet high, will last longer and have better light disbursement because the lights can be aimed at different points. One of the current wooden poles is located right by the press box, preventing ADA compliance upgrades.
Brookfield officials have decided to allocate $75,000 to replace all four poles. The insurance company will pay $361,000, so First Selectman Steve Dunn says the town will basically be getting a $435,000 light system at a fraction of the cost because of the insurance reimbursement.
Dunn says it will take 10 to 12 weeks to install the poles, noting that right now there are lacrosse, soccer and football games that can't be played at night.