continued But neither the LYLA athletes nor student athletes at LHS can access the field when their season starts.
“The problem was that the district signed a contract with the manufacturer that extended the warranty from eight years to 10, with the understanding that the district cannot remove snow from the field or they would void the warranty,” Hall said.
The Star-Review has requested a copy of the warranty documentation from the district but had not yet received it at press time. However, in an email to Hall, Superintendent Mark Potter confirmed his statement.
“If you remember back when we put the turf in, we signed an agreement with [field manufacturer] A-Turf that indicated they would extend the original warranty from eight years to 10 years if we agreed not to plow the field,” Potter wrote. “They will not warranty the field beyond eight years and will not warranty any potential damage caused by plowing.”
But Hall said numerous other facilities are plowed safely. He pointed to the West Genesee and Syracuse City school districts, as well as Onondaga Community College and SUNY Morrisville.
“What we would like to see done is for them to modify the extended warranty to allow the safe removal of snow from the field turf, pursuant to industry standards used by other local school districts,” he said. Those standards include the use of a retrofitted plow blade or a piece of PVC piping along the base of the blade to prevent damage to the field. Schools can also put down a rain tarp as soon as snow begins to fall and use high-powered blowers on the tarp.
In addition to allowing the students access to the field earlier, allowing the district to remove snow would be an economically sound move, Hall said.
“The girls’ varsity team has been scheduled to host scrimmages the last two years,” Hall said, “but the field wasn’t playable, so those scrimmages were rescheduled to OCC. So the district has to pay a bus driver and all of the expenses associated with transporting the students there, as well as a fee to OCC to use the field.”