On Oct. 28, the Yucaipa City Council voted on and approved unanimously the purchase of a field turf planer to be used at the community parks to save money, reduce time fields are closed for repair and help the grass grow faster.
“In 2016 the city contracted with a specialty contractor to enhance playfields (baseball, softball, soccer, etc.) of many of the sports fields at city facilities,” said Fermin Preciado, Director of Public Works/City Engineer.
“The turf planing process creates a more level field surface for sports activities by removing the high spots and exposing the low spots and allowing the field to be leveled. The process involves removing the top layer of the turf, the roots remain in place and allows the grass to grow back quicker compared to the process where the complete turf is removed and reseeding of the field happens. With this process, additional top soil can also be added to further level that play surface and over-seeding of the fields can be completed also to further enhance those fields and that is the process that has been completed at several of the fields in the community parks- Bryant/Glen, Seventh Street Park. City staff has assisted that specialty contractor in the past and has learned to complete the process of these fields and also has the ability to complete that work in-house.”
With the purchase of this equipment, the maintenance of the fields would significantly enhance the turf field at city facilities at a much lower cost. Other equipment required for this process is already owned by the city. Quotes were requested from several vendors with only two responses received. Specialized Turf Equipment Company’s quote was in the amount of $32,816.26 and this company did not require the buyer to purchase a license to use the proprietary equipment. The turf planer equipment would be funded by money allocated for heavy equipment maintenance/repair in the Public Works Department operational budget and the Capital Outlay Account as sufficient funding is available for that purchase.
“Is that like a lawn mower,” asked Mayor Bobby Duncan.
“It is a lawn mower but it removes the top layer of dirt also and can remove the turf leaving the roots in place… and plane the field, actually leveling it out and removing the high spots,” said Preciado
Supporting documents are available for public view on the city of Yucaipa website at yucaipa.org.