Letter about the dangers of crumb rubber Infill on Artificial Turf Fields (see attached) from Anne Hulick, Director, Connecticut Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund Coordinator, Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT, sent to BOE, BOS, MSBC
False information is provided by Sprinturf Salesman. No bid information about natural grass costs are discussed. Public input is denied.
Attorney Donofrio states that the BOE can vote to reverse the MSBC decision to purchase and install crumb rubber infill.
May 25, 2017
Concerned Citizens File Legal Petition
Concerned citizens file a legal petition citing a Connecticut General Statute and the Town Charter of North Haven. The petition only requires 20 signatures, but 54 registered voters turned out in the pouring rain to sign in just over 1 hour.
54 concerned citizens submitted a legal petition sighting CT General Statute Chapter 90, Section 7-1a calling for a Town Meeting (North Haven's form of government) to discuss openly the misconceptions about the fields. During the BoS meeting, First Selectman Mike Freda called for an illegal vote at that time. He also allowed the crowd to harass citizens at will. Don't take our word for it. Watch the video.
Middle School Building Committee meeting where it was decided that there would be no press box. Additional design work for accommodating football field size not approved by the MSBC, but rather by the contractor. Acknowledgement from the committee that this is not in accordance with protocol. $18k additional for the change to 2 football sized fields. Bleachers still in question.
Board of Education meeting were again discussed. Cost of upkeep was discussed as well as safety. Also discussion around what could be done to stop the project at this point in time. No definitive answer was given. BoE chair wanted to have a meeting with the vendor. 10 residents gave public comment against the turf fields. 4 residents gave public comment for the turf fields. BoE chair stated there would be no additional public comment on the fields allowed. At least 1 additional resident wanted to speak out against the fields. MSDS sheet – Material Safety Data Sheet was not supplied to resident of North Haven from the vendor when requested.
MSBC Meeting - Public Comment Against Crumb Rubber
MSBC meeting during which committee member stated she regretted her affirmative vote due to safety concerns. She and an additional member voted NO for the appropriation of funds in the amount of $1,348,100. Public comment was made, but not noted in the minutes. 2 residents made public comments against the fields.
At the MSBC meeting Mr. Banks reminded the committee that DTC will need to complete drawings for one artificial and one natural turf, side by side fields as well as bleacher design, if necessary…. Indicating that the fields were not final and there was still discussion to be had.
The Board of Education members were informed by the MSBC / BoE representative that there will be 2 turf fields and they might not be able to afford bleachers, depending on where the budget came in. He stated that the fields would be a “natural” product but could not give further specifics. 3 residents gave public comment that they would like to committee to reconsider the use of shredded tire infill on the turf fields.
The MSBC voted to procure 2 encapsulated crumb rubber fields as part of the project. They used contingency money to do this and delayed planning for things like bleachers, irrigation, and a scoreboard until a later time. Finance committee noted it was risky. Building Committee chair said he was concerned they would need to send money back to the town.
MSBC meeting featured presentations from 2 turf companies. Interestingly, vendor not chosen called into question the cooling properties of Sprinturf’s cool fill product, noting that a 5 degree difference is all that should be expected according to their tests.
Board of Education minutes showed that no vendor had yet been selected for the Turf fields and that 3 quotes were being reviewed. In addition, the vote on the final number of fields hadn’t yet taken place. As of this time, the Board of Education and most members of the town were under the impression that there would be 1 artificial turf field, and 1 grass field.
MSBC was shown three bids were received, Sprinturf, Applied Landscape/Shaw and Prograss. Types of infill material for the synthetic turf were discussed for fields A and B. Site work regarding lighting, bleachers and irrigation were discussed. On Monday March 13th the committee will meet with the two lowest turf bidders, Sprinturf and Applied Landscape/Shaw.
During a Board of Education meeting, MSBC member stated that the architect has re-designed the fields including bleachers, press box and scoreboard. There is also a bid going out on fields, specifically on the turf. No bid awarded at this time.
January 09, 2017
Design in Progress - Aiming to Complete November, 2017
MSBC discussed athletic fields would be completed in November of 2017. Designs still in progress. Additional discussion of the infill and associated costs took place.
NHASTI has not been able to identify any documentation or press releases aimed at the public to make the public aware of this special workshop on a topic they knew was controversial (presentation from Nancy Alderman, public comment on multiple occasions, and the NBC story that had run).
Discussion of Hamden fields. Athletic director from Hamden estimated maintenance costs at $8-10k annually. Announced workshop November 22, 2016, at 6 p.m. NHASTI has not been able to locate a press release, or mention of this in the town paper.
Presentation on the Dangers of Crumb Rubber Infill
Board of Education hosts Nancy Alderman as she gives a presentation about the dangers of artificial turf fields. Public comments were submitted both for and against turf fields. Nancy Alderman is a leading professional in her field and the founder of EHHI.
MSBC discusses which items would be eligible to be bid as ‘bid alternates’, if the committee does not wish to remove the items from the design, at this point, but they were too expensive to budget at this time. Items such as the synthetic turf, field bleachers, field lighting, the running track, and auditorium equipment are among the items eligible to be bid as ‘add alternates’.
Shall the Town of North Haven appropriate 69,814,452 and authorize the issue of bonds and notes in the same amount for design and construction of a renovate as new academic addition project at the North Haven Middle School on town property at 55 Bailey Rd.
June 09, 2014
Opposition is Known and Discussed
MSBC discusses anti-turf public comment at June 5th Board of Selectman meeting. anti-turf public comment at June 5th Board of Selectman meeting.
MSBC request to add 3.5 million dollars to the proposed budget due to the turf fields. Original was 2 million, increase was to 5.5 million. Noted not all additional items were reimbursable by the state. Required BoE review of Ed Specs.
Four BoE Memers spoke in favor of the artificial turf fields. One BoE member spoke against one field, offering to try to save $1MM by fixing the irrigation issues. Voted to add fields to ed specs, did not receive updated ed specs at this time. Ed specs included recommendation (not requirement) for artificial turf fields. NHASTI was unable to obtain a press release about this meeting and was unable to locate it in the historical paper archives.
Middle School Building Committee discussed variances of slides presented to the Board of Education from previously approved slides as well as Ed Spec verbiage. Notes request for additional referendum question. Approved verbiage = “recommends artificial turf” not “requires artificial turf”. Discussed if it would be prudent to go back and request that the ed specs be updated so the MSBC would be covered.