Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • November 11, 2009 Glen Rock Borough engineer asked to study turf technology by John Koster The Glen Rock Council has asked Glen Rock Borough Engineer Mike DiSena to provide the council and administration with information about the technical aspects of installing artificial turf on a portion of Lower Doremus Field to provide allweather playing space for athletes. Leaders of recreational sports groups urged the council to agree to allow the groups to pay for and install artificial turf at Lower Doremus to take some of the stress off the borough’s existing non-school fields. The group also asked that the borough cosign a loan for $70,000 to prepare a detailed engineering study before they committed themselves to raising the funds – estimated at $1.5 million – to install the artificial turf on part of Lower Doremus Field. Mayor John van Keuren took a straw poll of the council and found that the members were not opposed to the installation of the turf, as long as a berm would be provided between the turf section and Diamond Brook, but the council members are not prepared to commit any amount of taxpayer money to the project. The mayor suggested that residents who either opposed or supported the proposed project speak at council meetings or write letters or e-mails so borough officials would have some idea of public sentiment on the turf plan. Glen Rock Borough Administrator Lenora Benjamin said that at the meetings where public comments have been made, about 65 percent of those who spoke in were in favor of the turf, and about 35 percent were opposed. Supporters of the proposal believe the artificial turf would provide all-weather practice and game space for the expanding number of young athletes in Glen Rock. The turf, they say, would make scheduling easier and would give the natural turf fields a chance to recover from use. Election (continued from page 3) Orseck is known for her active involvement with the Byrd School and the local Girl Scouts. Glen Rock had elected only one Democrat since the Great Depression – Herb Bookbinder, who served a term in the 1980s – but the pattern changed in 199697, when the solid Republican council first defended and then challenged a property tax revaluation that turned up discrepancies as large as $60,000 among houses put up by the same builder a few blocks apart. The concern over that revaluation led Democrats and Independents to contend for council seats. The borough has since had one Independent, Dick Hahn, as mayor and several Democrats, including Thomas Ludlum and Mark McCullough, on the council. Opponents say that studies show more minor injuries on artificial turf than on grass. Opponents elsewhere have also cited the environmental impact of taking large land areas out of the ecosystem both in terms of runoff and the photosynthetic conversion of carbon dioxide into oxygen by natural plants. Councilwoman Pam Biggs, among others, commented that while the artificial turf was not a bad idea, raising $1.5 million by donation was a more difficult proposition in the present economy that it was a few years ago. 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