Room A of the Town Hall Annex was again full for the Planning and Zoning Commission\u2019s meeting on Sept. 15.Members of the public, including residents, parents, coaches and youth athletes showed up once more to voice their opinions for or against Wilton Youth Football\u2019s application to renovate Middlebrook Field\u2019s natural grass to artificial turf.This time, the public hearing was closed and deliberations were continued to the commission\u2019s next meeting on Sept. 28.Casey Healy, attorney with Gregory & Adams, addressed the comments and questions raised by commissioners at the last meeting, and then introduced Andrew Dyjak, a field sales representative with Musco Lighting, who presented plans for a network of eight 30-foot lighting poles with shielded LED (light-emmitting diode) bulbs that could be remotely operated by smart phone.According to Healy in 2013, the present lighting system does not meet the current standards for playing fields.Musco Lighting\u2019s last application was denied because the proposed poles were too tall \u2014 at 70 feet.Wilton Youth Football applied to change the town\u2019s regulations in 2013 to allow 80-foot athletic lights on all town-owned fields and was denied. Wilton Youth Football had gained a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals, but that variance was struck down by a Stamford Superior Court judge in February of this year.\u201cAt that point in time,\u201d said Dyjak, \u201cwe were not able to produce a lighting system that was safe and could produce enough light at a 30-foot level.\u201d\u201cLED technology can be used at a lower mounting height,\u201d he said.Anthony LoFrisco of Cider Mill Place, a lawyer by profession, conducted an unofficial \u201ccross-examination\u201d of Dyjak, and pointed out that the parcel of land Dyjak used to calculate the light intensity of the system he was proposing was only a small portion of the 109-acre property at 131 School Road that considered only Middlebrook School and the immediately surrounding area.Taking things further, Commissioner Joe Fiteni expressed concern that Dyjak only counted Musco\u2019s lights towards the total intensity output, neglecting to factor in the others on the property, such as those in the parking lot and on the school.Questions asked by commissioners covered sanitation, toxicity, concerns with the extreme heat of crumb-rubber infill and even the effect the proposed lighting might have on bird migration patterns.Commissioner Franklin Wong said he would have \u201cless of a problem\u201d with the application if the field was to be used exclusively by athletic organizations that could potentially waive liability in case someone is burned or otherwise injured by the new material.Of the members of the public who made comments, the majority were in favor of approval. Jeff Farrar of Scarlett Oak Drive, Chris Silva of Mcfadden Drive, Joyce Andersen of Forge Road, Ryan Masterson of Chestnut Hill Road, Matt Zeyher of Catalpa Road and president of the Wilton Lacrosse Association David Cook of Stonebridge Road spoke for the turfing, while Christina and Woodson Duncan of Middlebrook Farm Road, Frank Simone of Charter Oak Drive, LoFrisco of Cider Mill Place and Paul Sobel, the attorney representing William Patty of Ridgefield Road, stood against it.The last to speak was Cook, who apologized for being silent up to this point and said he thought of the addition of another turf field to the town of Wilton as a mark of forward progress.\u201cOnce and for all,\u201d he began, \u201cthese fields are all used in the same manner today, so any decisions you make about the viability of one field versus another \u2014 there\u2019s three fields, not one. I think that\u2019s a really important point, because, as far as I understand, the job of the Planning and Zoning Commission is to look at the application that\u2019s been presented and decide whether it meets the rules and regulations of the planning and\u00a0 zoning books that this town abides by. And when we start getting into, \u2018what about these other fields?\u2019 \u2014 that\u2019s a little bit of a bigger question, and I\u2019m not sure who\u2019s supposed to address that. But that\u2019s why I\u2019m here tonight, to ask for your approval. I represent 850 kids-plus who play lacrosse. That\u2019s over 500 families. The addition of another turf field is progress for the town. And when I look at what\u2019s going on \u2014 it\u2019s really important that we always move forward, and that is actually what this field will allow us to do. We\u2019ve already had some issues with some fields in the spring, and (this) field is going to allow us to potentially not have those issues. At the end of the day, it\u2019s actually been quite enjoyable to see the democratic process in place, but I do ask for your approval so we can get on to the next step, because it has been a long process.\u201dBefore the hearing was closed, Comiskey made a sobering comment.\u201cThis is my eighth year, either on Planning and Zoning or ZBA, and I\u2019ve never had an application put before either board that gives me so much doubt.\u201dWith that, Commission Chair Chris Hulse motioned to close the public hearing, and was seconded by Vice Chair Sally Poundstone. All voted in favor but Wong. Commissioner Bas Nabulsi was absent from the meeting.According to Town Planner Bob Nerney, the Planning and Zoning Commission has a maximum of 65 days to pass a resolution.