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The Board of Selectmen has awarded Field Turf USA, Inc., of Canada the contract to replaced the synthetic field at Daniel Hand High School. The base cost is $444,631. The lines on the track surrounding the field will be repainted for $10,112. If repairs are needed to the shock pad, there will be an additional cost of $1.60 per square foot.
The replacement comes 10 years after the present field was installed. The Daniel Hand field was the first synthetic field to be installed on a town-owned property. Since then the town has installed synthetic fields at Strong Field and the softball field at Polson Middle School.
Bill McMinn, director of facilities, said there were nine firms interested in the project and three bidders. Field Turf was the lowest bidder. It is also the firm that installed the synthetic playing surface this summer at Strong Field and previously the softball field. An eight-person committee from the Board of Education and McMinn's Facilities Department interviewed all three bidders before recommending Field Turf.
The funds for the replacement will come from the town's long-term capital maintenance account, which allotted $660,000 for the project. McMinn said there may be additional minor costs with the replacement project.
"There are always unforeseens, although I am hoping there will be nothing. If anything, there may be some repair where the drainage meets the track," he said.
The replacement is scheduled to begin around the end of June. The field is expected to be out of service for most of the summer.
McMinn described the present Hand field as "tired and worn." He said the field has received nearly constant use since its installation, an advantage over regular turf fields.
"I believe the amount of use you can get out of a synthetic field relative to the cost is well worth it," he said.
The other two bidders were Applied Landscapes/Astro Turf at $478,190, and Prograss, LLC, at $458,931.