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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • Football Field at Gridley High should be ready for first home game September 13

  • The football field renovation at Gridley High School had been delayed for almost two months as the District continued to work with the landscaping contract to achieve the field grading that will promote the proper water drainage. Recently, the subcontractor hired by Barrow’s Landscaping brought in an extra 60 cubic yards of dirt to the Gridley High football field in order to achieve the proper grading.
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  • The football field renovation at Gridley High School had been delayed for almost two months as the District continued to work with the landscaping contract to achieve the field grading that will promote the proper water drainage. Recently, the subcontractor hired by Barrow’s Landscaping brought in an extra 60 cubic yards of dirt to the Gridley High football field in order to achieve the proper grading. The necessary groundwork has delayed the planting of Bermuda sprig plants which take about three months to mature. Therefore, Gridley Unified School Board members became concerned about the lack of growing time before the football season and the first home game on Friday, September 13. As of Thursday, July 25 the groundwork had not been completed. Superintendent Rick Rubino explained that the subcontractor admitted that their employee had taken the grading laser off of the automatic setting near the outside curbs and had not done a suitable job of grading the field. The grading has since been corrected and the field will be planted on Monday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 30. Rubino explained that the original contract the Board approved for $59,000 called for sodding the middle of the field between the hash marks. The rest of the field was to be sprig planted. Since the sprig planting would take three months to mature, the 2013-14 home football schedule became in jeopardy. “The contractor said that if we played on the field before the sprig plants had matured there would be damage,” he explained. Board members were given two options - Option A: to lay sod curb to curb and from goal line to goal line, or Option B: to cover the entire playing surface with sod, but have sprig plants on the sidelines and behind the goal posts. This would mean that the teams would be standing on the immature sprig plants on the sidelines. Going with Option A, instead of Option B, would mean a $4,000 increase in cost. Nevertheless, Board members felt there was no other option, given the time constraints. Board members felt that the contractor should cover the cost of the additional dirt brought in to make up for the extra cost of the sod and the lateness of the work completed. Chief Financial Officer Heather Naylor informed Board members that the additional cost would come out of developer fees rather than the District General Fund.

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