Middletown holding hearing on football field, lease

Middletown Town Council will hold a public hearing at 7 tonight and possibly vote on a lease that would result in bringing league football to town.

“As a former semi-pro and college quarterback, I love football;  I love the game and I love what it instills in young people. It is very exciting to bring this opportunity to the town of Middletown, Mayor Charles Harbaugh said. “I am excited to hear from the public on this matter.”

He went on to say that he understands that head injuries are a serious part of the game and inevitably “will be a part of the conversation of the future of football. I want to make sure these coaches are teaching heads-up football technique.”

That, he said, will help minimize head injuries.

The one-year lease with the Stephens City Seminoles Youth Football Inc. has been drafted and once signed would commit the league to use the outfield of the old baseball diamond at the town park. Organizers would also pay the town $10 per practice and $100 per game.

The league would be responsible for upkeep, trash cleanup and maintenance of structures, the field, and facilities related to their use of the field.

Games would run from September into November. The league would be responsible for the purchase and installation of goal posts that would have to be able to be removed after the season to allow for other use for the field.

The league would also carry insurance, organizers said.

Middletown employees would mow the field.