Friday, October 29, 2010
Recreation Commission rethinks organic field maintenance
For the past six years the Recreation Commission (RecCom) has authorized the use of organic fertilizer and pest control. However, both Spalding and Banta-Davis Fields have deteriorated and the current condition has prompted RecCom Chair Mark Spears to ask a chemical treatment provider to evaluate the situation and provide a proposal.
Dan Moseley, who maintains the towns’s athletic fields, explained at the RecCom meeting on October 21, “This was the worst summer in ten years. The drought was very stressful for turf. Weeds thrived but now the weeds are dying off, leaving bald patches.”
Moseley proposed aerating and overseeding the fields. However, aerating is not currently in the budget. Members of the RecCom agreed to ask the youth sports organizations for help. Spears will look into using money in the RecCom gift account. The committee voted to spend up to $3,000 for field repair. Member Rick Amodei suggested Moseley break out his estimate by field so they can accurately allocate the cost to the different sports organizations.
Moseley expressed concern about the timing of the seeding relative to the use of the fields. Soccer and fall baseball are winding up their seasons now and will start again in the early spring. According to Moseley, baseball is not too much of a problem for new grass but soccer can be very destructive. The committee will explore the possibility of diverting spring soccer practices and games to fields in Concord to allow the grass at Spalding and Banta time to grow and become resilient. Moseley and RecCom member Jeff Bloomfield will devise an action plan including how to seed, when to seed and what to do about scheduling the use of the fields.
Moseley also reported that a tree wiped out two benches and a section of fence on one of the Spalding baseball fields. He will provide an estimate to repair the fence and replace the benches.
At a previous meeting, the RecCom learned about a metal plate in the outfield at the Banta-Davis baseball diamond. They have since learned that the plate is a cover for a well that is used to monitor the ground water in conjunction with the wastewater treatment plant housed at the Banta-Davis complex. The plate is a concern because it is hard to see and could cause a person to trip or a ball deflect unexpectedly. Moving the well would require state approval, which could take a long time. No decision was made. ∆
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