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Low Bid For Re-Sodding Field Nearly Triple Budgeted Amount

The second attempt to find contractors to re-sod Memorial Field drew $111,000 as the lowest offer.

Washington Township received four bids in response to a call for contractors to re-sod , according to Mayor Janet Sobkowicz.

The bids ranged between $111,000 and $176,000 for the project, compared to $40,000 set aside for the project in this year's budget. Sobkowicz said the bids ran higher than the last time the field was sodded because the winning contractor would have to remove the old sod and install the new sod, which would be thicker and of higher quality than the type used before.

Residents have been , which has netting sticking through its surface from the last time it was sodded. Members of the township's recreation board have asked the council to install artificial turf at Memorial Field, saying that would be the best solution for the problem that would also save money on maintenance over 15 years.

"It's blatently obvious sod does not work," resident Scott Spezial said at an earlier council meeting.

Officials have said this would be a good year, financially, to undergo the project because the township's debt load is decreasing by $400,000. However, they have been reluctant to commit to the project, which has been estimated to cost between $1.8 and $3 million. Council President Richard Hrbek has repeatedly said the council has a number of capital projects which need their attention, including repaving streets and possible renovations to the DPW and fire department.

"We need to be aware of the things that need to be done, prioritize them and make sure they get done," Hrbek said at the last council meeting.

At , officials said they would vote on artificial turf at their next meeting, scheduled for June 11, if no bids for re-sodding the field came in.

Residents in favor of artificial turf previously expressed concern about how long the field would have to be closed for new sod to take hold. Sobkowicz told Patch the higher quality sod would take little, if any time before it could be used.

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TWP RES June 08, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Yep, millions of dollars for turf...JUST WHAT WE NEED. Its hilarious, the sports parents storm out of the meeting when they don't get what they want. Imagine an arts or science project getting shot down, and the parents storm out of the meeting! With the NFL players suing their own league over the injuries, we should certainly spend several million to let the kids smash their heads into each other on nice hard turf, instead of fixing what we need to in this town. Says it all about sports in these little NJ towns, doesn't it?
white pickup June 08, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Mr spezial why after all these year's do we need turf, grass was just fine 2year's ago. But now that all the town's around us have it we have to have it. Get over yourself very very easy to spend other people's money for your DREAM. If the town give's into your demand's and put's down the turf, what's next a dome, grand stand's, your own sport's talk show turf side with scott .
Colonial Ave June 09, 2012 at 06:12 PM
WE DONT NEED TURF!!! Plain and simple.....how about you football parents hold a fundraiser and come up with the money yourself. We'll see how fast that project gets dropped!
twp resident June 10, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Grass was'nt fine two years ago and its not now. Can,t understand why football seems to be constantly mentioned. There are six other sprorts and multiple town functions which also use Memorial field. Besides, according to other towns who have it I m told its safer, softer and used more besides costing less money in the long run. The long run being ten years. Why are my tax dollars , which I m told are spending more than $ 94,000.00 a year annually to maintain that facility being spent so that PARK can look like that. Thats ludicress. For a tiny bit more money I can have a safe, non chemical place to play for my kids. Its a no brainer. Besides, I voted for Durso and Geotz who ran for council and They ran stating they would rectify Memorial Field. That was a hugh election issue in the sports community's eyes. If you don't believe me, go ask Devine and Giodina.
dan 4 WT June 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Back to Bed-Sty Colonial Ave.

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