Athletic Field Can Be Artificial or Real Grass

Selectmen on Wednesday broadened the Athletic Field Study Committee's charter to allow it to consider various options for new athletic fields.


The Board of Selectmen Wednesday night voted unanimously to expand the charter of the Athletic Field Study Committee to allow its seven members to consider installing new natural grass for the field as well as artificial turf.

The committee was appointed after last spring's Town Meeting voted down a proposal to install an artificial surface to improve playing conditions and relieve stress placed on overused fields.

Selectman Glenn Kessler, who serves as liaison to the study committee, proposed the expansion in the charter because the committee members felt they were limited to studying only artificial field options.

The committee's recommendations are scheduled to be presented to selectmen on Valentine's Day. The field would be paid for by public and private funds.

The committee's goals also include looking at options to repair or replace the stands, recommendations for improvements that benefit sports including football, field hockey, lacrosse and soccer, and investigating grants and private donations.

The field committee has lost one of its seven members. Matt Bergeron has indicated he needs to resign from the committee because of work schedules, Kessler said.

Town Administrator Thomas Younger said he has not been notified, but would put up a notice on the town's web site.

Selectman Jill Sullivan said she had been approached by a resident who wanted to be considered for the committee.

The committee's remaining six members are Scott Faulkner, Doug Southerland, Chris Urbano, Linso van der Burg, Richard Feinberg and Mounzer Aylouche.

Originally, a total of 13 residents expressed interest in serving on the committee.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story indicated that Chris Urbano had resigned from the committee. Chris remains on the committee and Matt Bergeron has resigned.

Elmwood Road October 25, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I write to inform the author of this article, as well as the residents of Swampscott, that I did not resign as Chairman of the Athletic Field Study Committee (the "AFSC"). Mr. Matthew Bergeron is the member that resigned from the committee due to his increased commitments at his job. We have requested that the Board of Selectmen appoint a new member to the committee. We have also submitted a Status Report to the Board of Selectmen, through our Town Administrator, Thomas Younger, outlining our meetings through September 30th. Our next status report is due by November 1st. The 10/1 report should be posted on the town's website for the public's review. As I stated when I was appointed to the AFSC, I am committed - and so are my fellow members - to finding a compromise solution to our poor athletic field conditions, particularly at Blocksidge Field. But that commitment will NOT ignore our real needs for upgrading our aging underground infrastructure, determining what is best for our elementary school buildings, or other pressing needs of our town. The AFSC understands that the town's residents (through its Town Meeting members) do not want to spend the large amounts of money that the original All-for-One Field Committee wanted to spend when it made its proposal at Town Meeting, regardless of whether it may have been within the town's budget to do so. We continue to work tirelessly to find affordable options and a compromise solution. Chris Urbano, Chairman, AFSC
Glenn Kessler October 25, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Hi everyone, As a Selectman I serve as liaison for numerous committee's including the athletic field study group.The "field" group is comprised of individuals who have a wide range of opinions as to what my good friend Bill DiMento describes as a "want", not a "need" regarding the athletic fields. We are looking into all possible ways to see if the town can get something done including private funding and grants to go along with any potential public outlay of funds. I encourage any interested residents to join us at our meetings as we welcome your input. I fully recognize that our town's infrastructure needs to be first and foremost in any deliberations, and ran my campaign partly based on this important issue. Recently I visited with residents affected by flooding problems and encouraged them to come before the Selectmen to voice their frustrations. I assure you that I am very aware of the issue and will do everything I can to see that we, as a town, make this a top priority. The committee chair, Christopher Urbano, is not stepping down; this was inadvertantly reported. Matt Bergeron had to resign due to work constraints. I welcome your comments.
William R. DiMento October 25, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Good to hear from Glenn and Chris. Let's start an ad hoc group to learn about the flooding issue? We could build a website detailing the nature and scope of the problem and have cyber discussions regarding possible solutions? Why wait for gov't to address the study issue? I have found our DP W folks to be very helpful.anyone interested?
David Arsenault October 25, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I have an idea for next Mon-Tue, Storm prep. The roads are coverd in leaves, if bands set up right we could get 12" of rain in 36-48hrs and drains will stop functioning. How about the street sweeper. Another thought is setting up a Thompson trash pump @ the end of Frankilin Ave and the discharge hose past Silver Star Motors, (down hill grade) from the hole @ 220. This may save our heat, hot water and electrical this year. http://www.google.com/imgres?q=thompson+trash+pump&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1441&bih=654&tbm=isch&tbnid=MuCfFuhdRksC4M:&imgrefurl=http://www.thompsonpumps.com/heavy-duty-trash-ht-series-pump.html&docid=pw_C2WkYPVUwmM&imgurl=http://www.thompsonpumps.com/images/pumps/neotmp96369.jpg&w=600&h=395&ei=Lq2JUOqIPKma0QGx3YCoDA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=192&vpy=159&dur=701&hovh=182&hovw=277&tx=153&ty=78&sig=101946088261236240815&page=1&tbnh=147&tbnw=225&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:71 As for your flood site, good idea.
David Arsenault October 25, 2012 at 09:23 PM


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