Showing posts with label artificial turf. Show all posts
Showing posts with label artificial turf. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Finance Committee approves funding

In a preview of the funding measures coming before the Town Council on Wednesday, the Finance Committee heard the updates from Town Administrator Jeff Nutting and Deputy Administrator Jamie Hellen before voting to approve all three.

The three funding items
  • Technology – E Permitting Purchase
  • Technology – Google Applications Purchase
  • Turf Field Design and Development

Town Administrator Jeff Nutting and Deputy Administrator Jamie Hellen
Town Administrator Jeff Nutting and Deputy Administrator Jamie Hellen

(be sure to scroll within the Storify widget to review all the entries)

Additional info on the Finance Committee can be found on their page in the Town of Franklin website   http://www.franklinma.gov/finance-committee

Monday, November 28, 2016

Capital Budget Planning Committee - Agenda - Nov 30 - 7:00 PM



1. Capital Budget Requests
A. Turf Fields design and development funds 
B. Google Doc’s 
C. E-Permitting Software for the Town Clerk’s Office

http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/news/capital_budget_subcommittee_meeting_agenda_11-30-16.pdf

the crumb rubber fill will be one of the considerations for the turf field replacements
the crumb rubber fill will be one of the considerations for the turf field replacements


The meeting is scheduled for the Council Chambers and will follow the Economic Development Committee scheduled for the same room to begin at 5:30 PM.
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2016/11/economic-development-committee-to-take.html


Related posts on the crumb rubber turf issue



  • Legislative request to US Consumer Product Safety Commission

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2015/12/massachusetts-legislators-submit-letter.html


  • Medway took action to move away from crumb rubber

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2016/06/article-two-would-also-ensure-all.html


  • NBC covers the crumb rubber safety issue

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2015/10/fields-of-danger-video.html


  • New England Center for Investigative Reporting gets into it

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2015/05/the-state-recommends-common-sense-to.html


  • What do Franklin's turf fields look like? photos from a walk around Franklin in February

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2016/02/photos-from-walk-around-franklin.html

Friday, June 10, 2016

Article Two would also ensure “all cushioning materials are encapsulated”

The Medway Town Meeting voted to move away from crumb rubber on artificial turf fields.

"Residents voted to reject a proposed three-year moratorium on artificial turf during a standing vote at a Special Town Meeting Thursday night. 
However, voters accepted a motion for a different article that officials said could help address some of the concerns that the moratorium sought to ease. 
Article One, which asked the town to adopt a three-year moratorium on “the engineering, planning, construction or installation of any synthetic turf,” or loose crumb-rubber infill. Filed as a citizen’s petition, it would not have affected existing fields or turf used on private property. Proponents said chemicals used in crumb rubber — or recycled tire pieces — can pose potential health risks. 
The public accepted Article Two, which sought the approval of $450,000 of Community Preservation funds to be used for playground renovations and enhancements — including handicap accessibility — at local parks, according to the warrant."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160609/medway-residents-vote-down-turf-moratorium-proposal

the new artificial turf field at FHS has good softness with its new infill although it is  crumb rubber and is controversial
the new artificial turf field at FHS has good softness with its new infill although it is
crumb rubber and is controversial

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

In the News: bee program at Stony Brook, Medway voters to decide on artificial turf

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

The Crowdsourcing Citizen Science to Protect Bees free program will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 108 North St., Norfolk. 
The health and diversity of native bumblebees, which pollinate New England crops and flowers, will be the topic of a program. 
The speaker, Robert Gegear, of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, studies how bumblebees react to challenges in their habitat and how citizens can play a role in conservation and restoration of pollinators.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160502/stony-brook-to-host-bee-protection-program


Voters will decide on June 9 whether to adopt a three-year moratorium on artificial turf fields that use crumb rubber infill due to a resident petition that gathered enough signatures to call a Special Town Meeting. 
The date was set at the Board of Selectmen’s Monday meeting after a length conversation about the timing of the petition – just as town officials have started planning the improvement of several parks and recreational areas in town.


Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160502/medway-selectmen-set-turf-moratorium-vote

the new plush crumb rubber infill field at Franklin High School
the new plush crumb rubber infill field at Franklin High School

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

In the News: Medway BOH considering moratorium on crumb rubber, Dean to hold 5K

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

The Board of Health is considering a moratorium on turf fields using crumb rubber infill, but will reportedly let residents decide at the ballot box or Town Meeting. 
Board member Jordan Warnick said Tuesday that the board is looking for input on the matter, but will not take matters into its own hands. 
“I think all of us are in agreement that we should not be the individuals who decide on that at the current understanding of issues related to crumb rubber infill,” he said

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160315/medway-board-of-health-considers-turf-moratorium


crumb rubber mostly gone from the Beaver St field in Franklin
crumb rubber mostly gone from the Beaver St field in Franklin

Dean College will host the Dean Dash 5K at noon April 23 at the college campus.The course will start and end at Awpie Way, directly outside of Dean Hall at the Dean College campus, 99 Main St. 
The race will begin promptly at noon for competitors to take a 3.16-mile run, jog or walk through the residential streets of Franklin. A hydration station will be waiting for participants at the 2-mile mark and a post-race lunch will welcome runners back as they cross the finish line. 
Live music, lawn games, face painting and a bounce house will take place after the 5K. 
Registration will cost $5 for Dean College students and ages 11 and younger; $10 for faculty, staff and alumni; and $15 for community members. Price includes a race T-shirt, race bib, drawstring bag souvenir, lunch and hydration station. 
For information and to register: dean.edu/deandash.


Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160315/in-brief

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Turf Grass Forum asks "Is the Beaver Street field safe to use?"

PROBLEM: 


  • The Beaver Street field is still slated for use in the spring of 2016
  • Precautions the Town of Franklin should take: GMAX testing and LEAD testing

photo of Beaver St field conditions
photo of Beaver St field conditions

QUESTIONS:


  • Who was the synthetic turf/carpet and in-fill material supplier for the Town of Franklin's Beaver Street Field?
  • Is the town liable or the manufacturer for maintenance which effects safety or warranty of the current field?


WHY GMAX and what is it?

You can read all the scientific details but simply put:
It is a test to measure the Surface hardness and applies to natural grass and synthetic turf.
GMAX is important because of the increased potential of concussions and other injuries cause by impact on a hard surface.

Read the full posting online
http://turfgrassforum.blogspot.com/2016/02/franklin-massachusetts-beaver-street_24.html

Monday, December 21, 2015

Follow up on crumb rubber by FOX 25 (video)

FOX25 did a piece on the recent letter by three legislators requesting info on the crumb rubber issue.





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If you missed the letter, that can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2015/12/massachusetts-legislators-submit-letter.html

installation of the new turf field at FHS during the summer (field is in full use now)
installation of the new turf field at FHS during the summer (field is in full use now)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Massachusetts Legislators submit letter to United States Consumer Product Safety Commission


Tire crumb rubber and rubber mulch request for regulation and analysis submitted

December 16, 2015 -  Massachusetts delegates including Senator Karen Spilka, State Representatives Jeff Roy and John Fernandes have requested the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulate interior and exterior use of crumb rubber as a children's product due to exposure on playground and artificial turf fields.

Tire crumb rubber and rubber mulch is used in playgrounds and turf fields across the U.S. The usage began in the 90s as a way to dispose of used tires. Typically, the fields and playgrounds are sold to a city or state with promise of less maintenance and increased playtime,  yet the tire derived materials have never been evaluated by the CPSC for exposure risk to users.

The delegate's letter to the CPSC requests analysis to offer concrete conclusions and recommendations to ensure the safety of children and adults who use crumb rubber and turf fields. Specifically, the delegates requested the CPSC investigate:
  • Identifying potential hazards resulting from ingestion and inhalation of toxins released from crumb rubber during heat spikes and outgassing;
  • Detecting the existence of known human carcinogens;
  • Locating the presence of lead and other toxins;
  • Examining any danger presented by the natural aging and decomposition; and
  • investigating any potential risks to child or adult users.

The delegate's letter is a result of an October 2015 request by residents from Medway, Franklin and Holliston requesting the Representatives request regulation of tire crumb rubber as a children's product on the basis of the use on synthetic turf fields and rubber mulch playgrounds by children. 

"We thank Senator Spilka and Representatives Roy and Fernandes for their attention and action regarding the use of recycled tires on playing fields and playgrounds," said Tracy Stewart, Mass Chapter lead of The Safe, Healthy Playing Fields Coalition.  "The unique sell-in of this product has bypassed regulation for decades; however, it has become more concerning over the past ten years while over 12,000 turf fields have been installed exposing young people and adults to chemicals within the materials. We hope the CPSC's response is positive to the request for regulation and furthermore they expedite a thorough analysis to fully understand the risk of crumb rubber and tire derived products on young people and adults."

The CPSC response is pending.

image of the letter sent
image of the letter sent


About The Safe, Healthy Playing Fields Coalition (SHPFC)
Founded in 2008, The Safe, Healthy Playing Fields Coalition is dedicated to sharing information about the health and safety of both natural and synthetic turf fields for children, adults and the environment in which we live.


installation of the new turf field at FHS during the summer (field is in full use now)
installation of the new turf field at FHS during the summer (field is in full use now)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

"EPA Misses Congressional Deadline For Artificial Turf Safety Response"


"the letter also says, “Regarding the Town of Medway Board of Health’s reference to a review study of crumb rubber, in 2013, CPSC staff informed PEER that our Office of Compliance wold undertake a review and determine whether any enforcement action was appropriate regarding the issue. Upon further exploration, Compliance staff concluded, at that time, specific product enforcement was unlikely to be the best option, based upon the need for individual health assessments.”

So what the agency said in 2008 doesn’t mean artificial turf is safe. But the CPSC also won’t say that turf is not safe. And they don’t have, nor are they likely to ever have, enough information to rule on the safety of artificial turf.

The House and Senate need answers."


new crumb rubber artificial turf field at Franklin High School
new crumb rubber artificial turf field at Franklin High School
Duh, shouldn't parents also be getting answers?

Read the full article on this aspect of the crumb rubber issue here
http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeozanian/2015/11/09/epa-misses-congressional-deadline-for-artificial-turf-safety/

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fields of Danger? (video)

NBC Nightly News updates the crumb rubber story.

Why is this a concern for Franklin? 
A new field was installed at Franklin High School with crumb rubber. There are two additional fields being budgeted for an update in the next couple of years. If there is enough interest, then perhaps the crumb rubber on those two (Beaver Pond and Pisani Field) could be updated with a safer mix than crumb rubber.

photo from August 2015 during the installation of the field which is now complete and being used regularly
photo from August 2015 during the installation of the field which is now complete and being used regularly

Part 1 (Wednesday, September 30)


"It's the most common form of artificial turf and millions of children play on it every day, but is it safe? We put the question to the feds in our NBC News investigation."

"The list has nearly doubled, from 34 to 63 gathered from around the country. 15 have died."




Part 2 (Thursday, October 1)


"We're not willing to let our kids be the guinea pigs"




Thanks for the alert from @turfgrassforum



Friday, September 25, 2015

Franklin News from the Twitterverse

How teachers set up their classroom is part of the 'hidden' curriculum. I know this to be true for one K Teacher I am close to. Now I find that others approach the classroom in the same way.


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Artificial turf is still in the news here and there. Crumb rubber still being objected to but no major inroads being made, yet. This article talks of one county in Virginia that is trying organic infill.


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Kyle and Luke Florio
Kyle and Luke Florio

You can play football even if you can can't hear the whistles. Two Franklin kids could use your help to fund their playing time.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

New high school ball fields making progress

On the walk last weekend, I checked out the progress on the ball fields. The softball and baseball fields are coming along. The tennis courts are coming along. The new turf field is in the finishing stages also. 

Actually, it look like the turf was being delivered Friday morning so the next photos may include some green carpeting.

turf field retaining wall
turf field retaining wall

turf field perspective
turf field perspective

turf field sidelines
turf field sidelines

stone dust being laid out
stone dust being laid out

with back to the school, another view of the stone dust work
with back to the school, another view of the stone dust work

with back to the school, more of an angle shot across the field
with back to the school, more of an angle shot across the field

with back to the school, close up along the end line
with back to the school, close up along the end line

bleacher position for baseball field
bleacher position for baseball field

bleachers for baseball
bleachers for baseball

access to fields
access to fields

tennis courts, appears to be room for 4 set
tennis courts, appears to be room for 4 sets

tennis courts, another view
tennis courts, another view




Friday, June 19, 2015

Free Public Forum - Synthetic Turf - Is It Safe for Our Kids?

Tuesday, June 23 - 7:00 PM



Note: Twitter updated with a change in forum panelists (6/19/15 pm)



Where:
Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium
500 Walden St, Concord, MA


Saturday, May 16, 2015

"There is really something wrong" (video)

While you are out and about this weekend, especially those parents with kids on one or more of our artifical turf fields, this 20 minute video is a must view.

Patti Wood, Executive Director of non-profit Grassroots Environmental Education and visiting scholar at Adelphi University explains how synthetic turf and its components can affect children's health. This video is adapted from a presentation given in Ramapo, New York on May 14, 2015. More information on synthetic turf is available at the Grassroots website, GrassrootsInfo.org.


Synthetic Turf and Children's Health with Patti Wood from Grassroots Environmental Ed on Vimeo.


grassroots info webpage
grassroots info webpage

For more information on GrassrootsInfo check their webpage here  
http://grassrootsinfo.org/

For their fact sheet on synthetic turf download the PDF here
http://grassrootsinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/syntheticturf.pdf

Tip of the hat to https://twitter.com/turfgrassforum for sharing this video

Sunday, May 10, 2015

"the state recommends “common sense” to minimize exposure"

While the decision to continue to build a new turf field at the high school won't be changed, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting is looking into the safety issue.



Part of the article published at Huffinton Post:
As opposition mounts, some consider the fields a solid waste problem, and question what towns would do with the thousands of pounds of crushed tires if the issue reaches a tipping point. The momentum of concern has pushed the California legislature to consider legislation prohibiting the use of state funds to build new fields with recycled tires and that would require towns and cities to examine cleaner alternatives before launching a new project. The Los Angeles Unified School District and the New York City Parks Departments already have stopped construction of new fields with crumb rubber following past concern about lead content. 
Artificial turf advocates say there are multiple studies that show fields are safe, while critics argue that there are no conclusive tests to prove such claims and that waiting for definitive evidence of a health hazard leaves children unprotected. 
More than 300 such fields have been built in Massachusetts during the past decade and they are becoming a coveted sports alternative for student athletes in towns from Boston to Attleboro, New Bedford to Springfield, according to a survey of field construction companies carried out by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Athletes who play on the fields are well acquainted with the black pellets – a spray of which is often kicked up by bouncing balls and running children, and gets into cleats and tracked into homes and mixed with laundry after practice.
FHS girls soccer team kicks off a home game on the turf field at FHS in October
FHS girls soccer team kicks off a home game on the turf field at FHS in October


Continue reading the full article here
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/09/toxic-turf_n_7218728.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000016

For more information about the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, you can visit their webpage here  http://necir.org/

The MA Dept of Health letter on the topic can be found here
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2071976-dphturf.html




Updated: from the Sun Chronicle
http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/local-officials-confident-turf-fields-are-safe/article_6348fdfa-f6c4-11e4-8774-9fe08004b4cf.html

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Are artificial turf fields safe?

We know that they are functional and allow for exercise and competition for more of the year than a grass field would permit. 

The information on the safety of the rubber beads is conflicting and this revelation is disturbing.



SHOCKER! @USCPSC Depends on #ArtificialTurf Industry Lobbyists for Scientific + Enforcement Guidance @FranklinMatters - @turfgrassforum

     
Steve Sherlock,
You were mentioned in a Tweet!
  Steve Sherlock
Turf Grass Forum @turfgrassforum
SHOCKER! @USCPSC Depends on #ArtificialTurf Industry Lobbyists for Scientific + Enforcement Guidance tinyurl.com/oe77qgg @FranklinMatters
12:51 PM - 29 Apr 15

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What does the link reveal?
The principal information the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission uses to assess the health effects of synthetic turf is supplied by industry lobbyists, according to internal records released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Emails and other records obtained by PEER in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit detail how these lobbyists are allowed closed-door briefings and other direct contacts with key CPSC staff assigned to investigate their products. 
In response to a PEER filing, the CPSC declared on September 27, 2013 that it had ordered its Office of Compliance and Field Operations to undertake a “review and determination of whether any enforcement action is appropriate” for artificial turf playgrounds containing lead at levels well above legal limits for a children’s product. More than a year later, CPSC would not answer requests for information about the status of that enforcement review. In February of this year, PEER filed a FOIA lawsuit.

Continue reading the article here
http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/turf-lobbyists-cultivate-consumer-product-safety-commission.html#.VT_fl228DrE.twitter

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Artifical vs. real turf

In the updates from Town Administrator Jeff Nutting, and confirmed by School Building Committee Chair Tom Mercer, the bids for the new practice field at FHS came at at about $800K. This was less than the expected $1 - 1.1M budgeted for.

Saving money is always a good thing. Since the discussion started last year, the Franklin Matters Twitter account has been copied on some tweets about the issue with crumb rubber as we have reported on the discussion.

For example:

screen grab of CBS Boston video report on health concerns with artificial turf fields
screen grab of CBS Boston video report on health concerns with artificial turf fields

Last Wednesday night's I-Team report can be viewed here:




While it is important to note that of the 51 studies cited not one proves a connection, there is also the issue that the studies did not look at the long term effects. So while it is good that we will save money spring sports teams can play on the limited turf fields now (Beaver St and the high school field) rather than waiting for the snow to melt, we should also recognize that our kids are participating in a study of the long term effects.

The current turf fields were cleared with the help of funding provided by the local lacrosse and soccer leagues. It is okay to plow the artificial turf fields but not to do so on real turf fields.

The 'practice field' on the grounds of the new FHS had been budgeted for as regular grass and changed during the Town Council meeting in November
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/11/the-town-council-reorganizes-sort-of.html

Last Wednesday nights brief update
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2015/03/live-reporting-legislation-through-to.html

If the embedded video doesn't work properly, you can also follow this link to view it on the CBS Boston website here
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/03/18/i-team-health-concerns-raised-over-artificial-turf-fields/

Sunday, April 27, 2008

In the News: artificial turf, wood carving, Vallee, earmarks

GHS
Posted Apr 26, 2008 @ 11:46 PM

When synthetic turf fields soak up sunlight and reach high temperatures, some area officials and local residents believe there is a danger the fields can release chemicals into the air.

Weston Public Health Director Wendy Diotalevi said she has measured temperatures on the surface of Weston's artificial turf field on Wellesley Street at 122 degrees.

Last fall, Wayland resident Tom Sciacca said he measured a temperature of 142 degrees at the Wayland turf field surface.

Those reports prompted officials like Diotalevi, Franklin Facilities Director Mike D'Angelo and Wayland Health Director Steve Calichman to post warning signs at turf fields or consider running more tests on synthetic fields in their towns to see if chemicals are released when the turf heats.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here.

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GateHouse News Service
Posted Apr 26, 2008 @ 07:42 PM

Franklin —

In the eyes of Basil LeBlanc, a piece of wood is never simply a piece of wood.

It’s a native warrior sitting with proud posture atop a strong horse.

It’s a majestic buck standing sentinel.

It’s a graceful bird, or a walking cane with butterflies fluttering about the staff.

For LeBlanc, wood is like a blank canvas that requires only his vision, and application of his various hand tools, to realize its artistic potential.

For more than 50 years, says the Franklin resident, woodcarving has been a passion.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

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GHS
Posted Apr 26, 2008 @ 10:00 AM

BOSTON —

One local legislator is campaigning on Beacon Hill to bring money back to his district that would lead to new technology for a fire department, the completion of a senior center addition, and a memorial for veterans who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The items are among the nine earmarks state Rep. James Vallee, D-Franklin, filed to the House's budget proposal last week. Earmarks are a common way for legislators to bring state money back to their districts to pay for local projects.

"This is money that cities and towns don't have when they are struggling to meet expenses," he said. "These aren't things that I come up with, they're things that the towns have come up with."

Vallee has put in an earmark of $100,000 to bring new digital and wireless technology to the Franklin Fire Department. Fire Chief Gary McCarraher said it would allow the department to enter the modern era.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here