NORTH ANDOVER — Neighbors expressed more complaints about the recreation complex the town plans to build between North Andover Middle School and the Anne Bradstreet Early Childhood Center Monday evening.
They told the selectmen they fear the lights for the playing fields will disrupt their lives. They also objected to the use of artificial turf.
The neighbors voiced similar objections March 11.
"Who can we talk to about compromises?" asked Rebecca Driscoll, of 56 Meadow Lane. Regina Kean, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen, said that panel ultimately has charge of the project.
"It's our proposal," she pointed out.
The Planning Board held a hearing on the project last week. Steven Faucher, of 50 Parker St., said Kean urged the Planning Board to meet behind closed doors on vote on the matter.
Kean immediately rebutted that claim. She said she suggested that the Planning Board close the hearing because it had already heard enough information about about the recreation complex.
Selectman Phil DeCologero said Faucher "should apologize to the chairwoman for accusing her of saying something she didn't say."
Faucher said he must have not heard Kean correctly.
Joseph Reardon, of 62 Parker St., pointed out the abutters are not represented on the Fields Committee that is working on the project.
"What's missing is a genuine outreach," he said.
Kimberly Reardon, of the same address, said when the project was approved at Town Meeting last year, there was no mention of artificial turf.
"I feel what you guys are saying," Kean said.
"Maybe we should have started the conversation right after Town Meeting," Selectman Rosemary Connelly Smedile said.
She noted many of the abutters are concerned about the lights that are planned for the complex.
The Planning Board and Conservation Commission are reviewing the project. After those boards grant approval, the selectmen plan to appoint a committee that will make recommendations on the hours of operation for the recreation complex.
The committee will include representatives of the abutters, Kean said.
Selectman Chris Nobile said "not a word" of opposition was expressed when the artificial turf at North Andover High School was replaced.
He told the abutters the recreation complex "will improve the values of your homes."