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Brentwood Council members approve royal blue for track surface

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

They are back to blue.

After switching from blue to red in an effort to save money on the Brentwood Stadium track, council members approved a change in colors to royal blue.

The vote passed 3-2, with councilmen Rich Schubert and John Frombaugh dissenting. Clyde Zimmerman and Ann Schade were absent.

Council members in April awarded $1.6 million in contracts for phases one and two of the Brentwood Park improvements, 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.

Originally, it was estimated that $29,000 would be saved if the red track was selected over the blue. It turns out that the savings will be $10,207 with the blue Plexitrac surface costing $139,000 and the red Plexitrac surface coming in at $128,793.

“I don't want to spend this amount of money and have something that's unappealing with the eye,” Councilman Marty Vickless said.

Council then voted 4-1 on the royal blue track over a lighter blue, with Schubert dissenting. There is no price change between the two blue colors.

And they weren't done with the color planning.

The use of Vegas gold to outline lettering in the football field end zones also was approved. The choice will continue to tie in Brentwood's school colors of blue and gold. The vote passed 5-0.

Overwhelmed by colors, council voted 5-0 to stick with a solid turf field over a 5- or 15-yard alternation pattern. There would have been no additional work or cost for the alternating colors.

Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or bgoncar@tribweb.com.

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