January 16, 2021

Lyme-Old Lyme BOE Approves Artificial Turf Field by 6-3 Vote, Neviaser Anticipates Construction Complete By Start of Next School Year

This image, courtesy of Millone & McBroom, shows the current field behind Lyme-Old Lyme High School and the proposed synthetic turf field.

LYME-OLD LYME — COMMENT ADDED JAN. 10: After a lengthy debate at Wednesday evening’s Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Board of Education (BOE) monthly meeting, members approved the motion to move forward with the artificial turf athletic field by a six to three majority.

The field which was approved incorporates a wood-based product called Brockfill instead of originally proposed crumb rubber and raises the price of the project by almost $195,000, increasing the total to $2.3 million.

Those voting for the motion were BOE Chairman Diane Linderman along with Rick Gould, Stacey Leonardo (Lyme), Martha Shoemaker and Jean Wilczynski.

Voting against the motion were Suzanne Thompson, Mary Powell St. Louis (Lyme) and Stephen Wilson.

Asked Thursday how he expected the project to proceed now that it had been approved, Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained to LymeLine.com that design engineers Millone & McBroom would now commence preparation of the detailed engineering documents.

Neviaser said he anticipated those documents would be ready by mid-February and then LOL Schools would  go out to bid on the project. Noting that he expected the closing date for bids to be submitted to be mid-March, Neviaser stated he hoped to present the bids to the BOE at their April meeting.

Assuming a bid were accepted at that meeting, then construction would begin in May and is expected to take three months to complete, giving, in Neviaser’s words, a “one month cushion before school starts.”

Neviaser stressed that this is a “hopeful” timeline and is obviously contingent on a variety of factors including the prices at which bids are submitted.

 

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  1. While I am glad to see progress in this endeavor, a quick review of the BrockUSA website (https://www.brockusa.com/brockfill/) raises a question:

    Per the LymeLine article: “The field which was approved incorporates a wood-based product called Brockfill instead of originally proposed crumb rubber and raises the price of the project by almost $195,000, increasing the total to $2.3 million.”

    Per the BrockUSA website FAQs, specific to Brockfill: “A BrockFILL/sand system is about the same price as a proper sand and rubber mix.”

    While it is clear that neither of these sources are intended to provide absolute specifications or cost figures, as a taxpayer, I would be interested in clearly understanding an apparent difference of almost $200K in project costs attributed to the use of the Brockfill material. I look forward to continued discussion.

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