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Tell Us: Turf Field Questions?

Readers have been asking questions about the turf field. Help us clear up the answers:

Plainview's new turf athletic field has caused some in the community to raise questions, mostly in the comment section of Plainview Patch.

We'd like to answer them for you.

Send us your questions and comments on this thread and we'll try to answer all your questions. If we can't, we'll pose them to public officials.

The turf field is being installed by the Town of Oyster Bay, which has funded similar projects in other nearby communities, including Bethpage. The costs are spread out over an extended period of time. Plainview's field, if all goes well, will be ready to play on by the fall.

Fire away your questions in the comments below:

tj January 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM
i just hope the site is clean----in bethpage they built a hockey ring on top of polluted and cancer causing soil-------
alice January 29, 2013 at 02:19 PM
what does spread out over time mean, we are still paying for it on the tax dollar. perhaps monies should go towards in school projects, ie. science,math, more educational. priority is the key and we dont always need to have what other towns have on the sports they can play on grass as games should be played. in school education first.
Right Here January 29, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Just shut up and pay your taxes; it's for the children......................
Joe Dowd (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 02:42 PM
The site is clean, TJ. It is not on top of a superfund site. It will be built on top of the existing football field.
Joe Dowd (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Probably 10 years or the length of the bond, Alice. It's a matter of small change over time, a small percentage of a capital budget. The exact price hasn't been announced by the town. We've asked for it.
Joe Dowd (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 02:47 PM
It's also for the community, Right Here. Both the school and the town argue that the turf field makes the town more valuable. They argue that the field is a kind of long-term asset, like making home improvements. It will also be used by community groups such as soccer clubs, lacrosse teams, etc.
alice January 29, 2013 at 03:25 PM
to Right Here. you are a rude individual and grow up. everything we do is for the children but we dont have to do everything. there is something called needing and wanting and they need an education and not necessarily a turf field. grow-up and stop looking through rose colored glasses
Jeffrey Berson January 29, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Dear Alice, The field is being paid for by the Town of Oyster Bay. Its will not increase school taxes or take away from any school programs. It will enhance the school athletics and athletics for all the youth of POB. Your tax dollars paid for turf fields in every other community in TOB, why shouldn't the youth athletes of POB receive the same?
Jeffrey Berson January 29, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Alice, We do NEED a turf field or to redo the varsity field so that it drains properly. If you looked at our sports field you would see that they suffer greatly from over use. The turf field would alleviate a large amount of the over use problem of the current grass fields as the turf can be played on constantly without damage. As of now the varsity field is only used for HS games as it deteriorates too quickly and would be rendered completely unusable if the youth sports also used it. Again its not education vs athletics argument as the field is being donated by the Town.
alice January 29, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Jeffrey. You speak like a gentleman rather than the rude spoiled Right Here person. your reason taken for the replacement and understood now, but we really have to start living with need and not want and we are still paying in the long run with our town taxes. bottom line it will be built and our children will enjoy it for many years to come. rational speaking and explanations are appreciated. thanks Jeffrey
Jeffrey Berson January 29, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Thank you Alice. A possible extra benefit to the field is that it may lower our school districts maintenance cost on the existing grass fields over the next ten years by alleviating the over use there for reducing seeding, sodding etc.
Simba January 29, 2013 at 04:23 PM
If any of you think that they really need to increase our taxes to pay for this, then you are a sucker to be as polite as I can. Why not open the books and let's see where our current taxes go, I would bet my house that I could trim enough waste and corruption to pay for this in 10 minutes. Anyone who believes otherwise is just blind to the corruption. Do I want this for our kids, absolutely, do I really believe when they say they need more of my money to pay for it, not a chance.
Right Here January 29, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Hey Alice, I was being sarcastic. Apology accepted in advance.
Eric Schultz January 29, 2013 at 04:54 PM
SImba, Your statement that there is corruption is outragious. If you know of any, come forward. Otherwise be quiet. The books of the School District are open to anyone. Do you do to budget meetings and ask questions as the budget is formulated? Do you red the budget when it is published? Do you attend board meetings? People like you have come and gone consistently over the years. Talk the talk but cannot walk the walk. Why don't you run for office if you are such so adept at rooting out waste and corruption?
Eric Schultz January 29, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Please forgive the spelling errors as sometimes the iPhones are not so forgiving.
Mike Polansky January 29, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Sorry, but this exchange is becoming silly. The School Board, the Town, and concerned citizens like Jeffrey Berson have collaborated to bring something good to the kids and to the community generally. Why do some people need to make things like this political footballs?
Eric Schultz January 29, 2013 at 06:12 PM
No pun intened, Mike?
Jeffrey Berson January 29, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Mike, I couldn't agree more.
Simba January 29, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Eric, I serve my country and for my opinion that's more than enough than running for office but's that none of your concern. If you say there is no corruption in any way, how about waste, none ? really ? And yes I have attended meetings but when my chance or any other town resident want to speak we are pushed to the end of the session. So how do our voices get heard ? We don't want another Roslyn, and between town taxes rising and school taxes rising it is about time both make a real effort to reduce costs, and reduce taxes because we the residents are suffering, or do you dispute that as well. Take a look Isand wide, it's a real problem. All we want is for the towns and schools to do their part and stop shoving the Union speak back at us.
Richard January 29, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Its about time we got a turf - state of the art field - great job to all to bring this to Plainview !
Joe Dowd (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Patch readers: I was at a meeting: Could we come back to questions? I'm back now to answer some and will tonight and into tomorrow. Let's keep it civil and on point, or try at least. OK? Joe.
Anthony P January 29, 2013 at 08:37 PM
A turf field might be nice but Im so tired of our property taxes that keep going up and up- This isnt some wealthy north shore town so why are we acting like one.
Anthony P January 29, 2013 at 08:39 PM
If people havent noticed we are getting beat out in the intel awards all over the Island-maybe the money would be better spent on a science lab. Have we ever even had a finalist??????
Jeffrey Berson January 29, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Anthony, The field is being paid for by the Town of Oyster Bay not the School District. It will not increase school taxes or take away from any school programs or course. In fact it may alleviate some maintenance costs leaving more money in the school budget for science, math, etc.
Jeffrey Berson January 29, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Anthony, Your Town tax money has paid for turf fields in every other community in the Town of Oyster Bay. Shouldn't the youth athletes of Plainview receive the same as every other community in TOB?
Anthony P January 29, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Then I mis-spoke Jeffrey- thanks for clarifying- just frustrated by the prop. taxes I guess.
Joe Dowd (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Anthony P. yes. it is frustrating, how the taxes continue to go up. But this is not a school district tax. It's a long-term bond financed by the town of Oyster Bay. Town taxes represent only a small portion of a homeowner's overall tax bill. We're talking an insignificant amount of money when spread out over time.
Jack January 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM
If anyone really feels that the money "saved" by this field will be put back into "educational programs" please explain how. The grounds of our fields SUCK compared to every other field around. The budget might claim to have monies marked for field maintenance, but they NEVER use it for that. The money gets used to "fix" up our deteriorating buildings. Our buildings have been band-aided for decades!! It's about time we welcome some much needed help in supplying our children with a field that finally puts a star on our school's facilities.
George January 30, 2013 at 12:21 PM
I am glad we are finally getting a turf field, I wish we had it when my son played .....it would also be nice if the school built a "snack" shed that sold food...something like East Meadow has.....it could easily pay for itself and provide Hamburgers, soda, etc. at the fields events. Don't forget we also have an excellent track too...we could now host some around the island events....

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