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Roswell parks go ahead with plastic turf

Concerns over cost

January 09, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell voters approved spending $2 million in bond money on November's ballot for the creation of at least four synthetic turf fields at area parks. Along with about $1.5 million in city funds, the Roswell City Council is expected to give final approval Jan. 14 to the $3 million contract for the fields.

Currently the fields are traditional grass turf. Roswell Recreation and Parks Director Joe Glover said synthetic fields were the best alternative.

"Fields get muddy and worn out," Glover said. "We try to shut them down in the winter, but grass doesn't grow in winter. And we shut down in summer to re-sod and let it grow. That gives us three months of playing time."

With the labor and materials required to keep the grass maintained, Glover said the one-time cost of synthetic turf fields is a no brainer.

"It gives us that extra playing ability," he said. "We can schedule things during the summer that we've never been able to do."

Nearly every high school sports field in the county is made of fake turf, and Glover said the schools are happy with the results.

"Overwhelmingly, the people we talked to said they supported it," he said.

City staff members are recommending the city use contractor Medallion Athletics, a Mooresville, N.C.-based company specializing in artificial turf. Their bid for the contract was just over $3 million for the four fields.

This figure has angered some residents, notably Roswell resident Trent Moore, employed by Sprinturf, one of the companies bidding on the contract. Moore said the numbers don't add up, since Medallion's price was more than half a million dollars higher than other bids.

The fields on which Roswell wishes to install artificial turf are: Roswell Area Park's practice area no. 6 and no. 7 – football and lacrosse. Waller Park Extension Lower – soccer and practice field. East Roswell Park's no. 1 – soccer and lacrosse.
"It's an absolute blatant waste of tax dollars," Moore said. "I live in Roswell. These are my tax dollars they are wasting."

Indeed, the three closest competing bids came in at about $2.7 million for the project. Medallion was the highest number by far. However, money was not the issue, said Glover.

"The bottom line was the committee felt it was a better product, would last longer and be a better product," he said. "The bid never was done on a price basis. It was done on the quality of the product.

It's not like bidding on the exact same thing. Everybody's [product] was a bit different."

In the end, Glover said, Medallion was chosen for having a better product.

The City Council will have final say on the issue at their Jan. 14 meeting.

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    Roswell Turf Project
    January 09, 2013 | 02:29 PM

    Mr. Glover is giving the highest number of the other three approved vendors to make the spending of $3 million sound like as if it is not that much money. The low end number was $2.5 million NOT $3 million. The citizens of Roswell need to let their Mayor and Council know that this is a waste of tax dollars as the work can be done for $500K less and will be bonded and insured to quarentee that the City gets what it is paying for.

    Trent Moore
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    Roswell Turf Project
    January 09, 2013 | 03:47 PM

    One more thing, all those turf fields that the county high schools are so happy with, just happen to be fields manufactured and installed by the LOW bidder Sprinturf! Roswell HS just finished its 10th year on their Sprinturf field. The industry average life span is only 8 years. This shoots down the staff's recommendation that NC based Medallion is providing a "better product". The fiber that the Medallion turf will be manufactured with is from a company that is in the middle of a $30 million law suit for fields that have failed. "Better Product", it can be proven that it is NOT.
    Let's keep GA tax dollars in GA!

    Trent Moore
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    Amen Trent!!
    January 13, 2013 | 09:02 PM

    While I'm not a Roswell city taxpayer, I certainly appreciate the need to 1) maintain fiscal responsibility and 2) keep business dollars as local as possible. Maybe I need to run for public office.

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    Please get your facts straight!
    February 07, 2013 | 02:37 PM

    It would really be better if people got the entire story before espousing their opinions publicly based on just the sensational "media-worthy", non-factual gossip from political "wannabees". Please go to the source (staff) and not a select few folks who have run for office, been soundly defeated and have poorly-informed, vociferous "groupies".

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