Brentwood council, school board discuss what's ahead with park project
By Laura Van Wert
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The first two phases of the $8 million Brentwood Park renovation beginning means borough and school district officials will have to coordinate schedules.
Brentwood Borough School Board and council met on Jan. 29 for the first of three joint meetings for 2013.
The two groups discussed how they must work together during construction, which is tentatively scheduled to begin in the spring, to coordinate sports activities, parking and the districts yearly rental fee of the Brentwood Park stadium.
“It's going to be very, very busy,” said Councilman Charlie Johnson, acting council president. “This year, we're probably going to pro-rate everything.”
The borough is advertising for contractors for the first two phases of the project, which costs $2.1 million and will include a six-lane 400-meter track and turf field for the stadium, a standard-size dek hockey rink, one tennis court, one basketball court and two additional baseball fields.
Once a contract is awarded, the two groups will meet again to hash out details to make the project run smoothly.
Construction will take 90 days, with all work completed by Aug. 1, said George Zboyovsky, borough manager.
The most heated issue is the rental agreement of Brentwood Park stadium. The borough owns the facility and rents it to the school district for about $55,000 this year; council members said the district should contribute more funds to the maintenance cost, while school board directors view the agreement of a landlord and tenant.
“That field belongs to us,” Councilman Pasquale “Pat” Carnevale said. “To me, (the park renovation) is a benefit to the school district.”
School board director Donna Werner said having the school district contribute to the maintenance of the facility, on top of residents paying borough taxes is like “double dipping.”
Councilman Martin Vickless said he thinks the school district should give proceeds from sporting events to the borough, which would then go into a fund with the specific use for facility maintenance and planning for the future. In eight to 10 years the turf field will have to be replaced at an expected cost of $400,000, and the borough needs to be ready to fund that cost.
School board director Gary Topolosky said the groups will need to assess the contract moving forward.
“That's the $56,000 question,” Topolosky said.
The next Brentwood borough council and school board joint meeting is in April.
Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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