A pile of dirt, weeds: not as easy as you think for Greencastle-Antrim

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Weeds have found a home on the school district dirt pile, but they are within the guidelines of the Franklin County Conservation District, according to superintendent Dr. Greg Hoover. Moving dirt could result in erosion and sediment pollution in a rain storm. Therefore, various control standards are in place to prevent that. Best management practices are required for all earth moving activities, plus a permit for larger projects.

That big pile of dirt still sits behind the baseball field on the Greencastle-Antrim School District campus. It is left over from the athletic field renovations. The district has not forgotten about it.

Officials say that while "a lot" of dirt has already been moved, "a lot" still remains, estimated at 2,000 cubic feet. The plan is to use some to flatten the area from the baseball field to the road to be used as practice space for soccer and junior high field hockey and junior varsity baseball. Most sports practices take place on the new turf fields, but scheduling would be eased with the extra usable fields.

The timing depends on a response from Columbia Gas, since its gas lines run through the open space and there is a limit to how much fill can cover it. The district also wants to even out the baseball and softball outfields, and improve drainage for the baseball teams. Cost is also a factor in rearranging the dirt.

"We are working on it," said superintendent Dr. Greg Hoover. "What seems like a simple thing to do (spread the dirt out over some fields), is never that simple with all the regulations that come into play."