Liverpool stadium FAQ

The following piece was submitted by the Liverpool Central School District Stadium Committee with the support of the district's Booster clubs and PTAs. For more information, contact members of the committee at junangst@galsonlabs.com, jackie_samora@yahoo.com or jstoddardj@verizon.net.

Liverpool High School Athletic Field

Proposed Project --"Frequently Asked Questions"

Vote February 26, 2009 and visit liverpool.k12.ny.us/liverpool_high.cfm

Why is this needed?

Turf, track and bleachers are essentially unusable.

Why are they essentially unusable?

1. The bleachers are 30 years old and are not-ADA compliant. They recently failed an insurance inspection.

2. The original contractor for the track and turf was doing this type of project for the first time and used the wrong materials as fill underneath large portions of the track and turf. This resulted in heaving which has rendering much of the turf unusable. Some track repairs have been made to alleviate the heaving, but the fill underneath is still bad and meets still cannot be held until it's replaced.

Can we get the original contractor to fix it?

No, they are no longer in business. Options are being pursued to try and get some remuneration, but that will take years to resolve.

How can we be certain it will be done right this time?

Times have changed. There are more experienced contractors available, and a third party type of insurance is now required to protect the district in the event of a contractor going out of business. The landscape architects to be used on this project are nationally recognized and they happen to live in our school district. They will make sure this is done correctly.

What is the impact on my taxes?

Zero. There will be no tax increase to pay for this.

How will this be paid for then?

Some State Excel Aid ($200,000), district turf reserve fund ($110,000), the rest will come from state and district capital reserve funds. For each 0.22 spent out of district reserve, $1 of work will be performed. Proposition is to use $1.575 million out of district capital reserve. The rest will come from state capital reserve.

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