Albion approves running electric for new scoreboard at Bullard Park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 July 2022 at 7:42 am

ALBION – The Village Board on Wednesday approved running an electric line at Bullard Park that will serve a new scoreboard for youth football.

The village will pay for the $5,500 cost as part of its share of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds. The electric service will be extended from near the new bathrooms and pavilion to the youth football playing field. The 100 amp line will be big enough to serve other possible uses in the future, said Village Trustee Tim McMurray.

The youth football and cheerleading program raised money for the scoreboard through many fundraisers.

Bullard Park has long hosted Albion youth football teams, but the park hasn’t had a working scoreboard for years. Mark Cammilleri, owner of the local Burger King, also donated $4,300 scoreboard which has been delivered and is ready to be installed.

A group of volunteers and the Albion Department of Public Works will work on the scoreboard installation. Aric Albright, the sewer plant chief operator and electrician, and Jay Pahura, the DPW superintendent, will take the lead with the electric service.

Albion has been the only team in the youth football league without a scoreboard and the team often gets fined by the league about $50 every home game it doesn’t have one.

Not having the scoreboard also is challenging for spectators, players and coaches who often aren’t sure of the score and how much time is left on the clock.

In other action on Wednesday, the Village Board accepted the resignation of Jessica Saraceno from the Albion Police Department.