I would go to the council meetings and ask questions, but I know the mayor only gives 2-3 minutes and I would take longer.
The question I want to pose to mayor and council is: The soccer park property is not at risk property, so why are you considering turf? There are no PCB's in that field and it is not part of the Risk management Plan the state has determined you must use the fine money for.
The fine to Rockwell was for contamination of property and Russellville said if you give us the fine money, we will utilize the property behind the Shook building to construct ball fields and the state says okay, but you must use turf on those fields! If you use all the fine money to put turf on the soccer field, what happens to the ball fields? Will the state require the city to pay back money spent for turf on the soccer fields?
Also, the city is a not for profit organization, so I would not be too concerned about bringing in a stream of revenue from the soccer park. I also think you are way to high in forecasting expenses in upkeep of grass on the soccer field. I studied the park budget for eight years, and I can tell you, it is way too high.
Council, this is all on your shoulders and I feel for you, but please think about what will happen to our children, grandchildren in 10 years when they must pay to replace turf on that field.