Seeing red on track a good thing for Brentwood
By Stephanie Hacke
Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Switching to a red track surface — instead of the initially planned royal blue Spartan insignia — will save Brentwood Borough nearly $30,000.
Council members, in a 6-1 vote, on April 23 approved the color change that will deduct $29,000 from the Brentwood Park renovation project's total cost, borough Manager George Zboyovsky said.
Councilman Pasquale “Pat” Carnevale dissented.
Council members argued that this was too much money to spend “for strictly an aesthetic change,” Zboyovsky said. They already are paying nearly $30,000 to have “Brentwood” spelled out in the end zone of the football field.
Compared to the overall cost of the project — estimated at $8 million for the total Brentwood Park renovation — Carnevale argued that $29,000 is “just a shot in the arm,” Zboyovsky said.
Council members in April awarded $1.6 million in contracts for phases one and two of the Brentwood Park renovations, which will include a six-lane 400-meter track and turf field for the stadium, a dek hockey rink, one tennis court, one basketball court and two baseball fields.
The $529,651 bid from Vento Landscaping and Construction of Highland Park and nearly $1.1 million from Vasco Sports Contractors of Massillon, Ohio, came in well under the expected cost, Zboyovsky said.
That allowed the borough to add lighting to the park now, instead of waiting for a future phase.
Council on April 16 awarded $554,000 in contracts to Musco Lighting to illuminate the park. Of that, $229,000 will go to light the football field; $105,000 for the softball field; and $220,000 for the dek/court complex.
The ground breaking ceremony for the project's first two phases will be Friday at 10 a.m. on the practice field behind Brentwood Public Library.
Susan Toth will serve as Brentwood Borough's interim finance/human resources director, with a salary of $42,000.
Council approved Toth's appointment last week.
Toth will replace Dawn Lane, who has resigned, and is working her last day on Friday, Zboyovsky said.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or email@example.com.
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