“The top rubber granular that they used in the top coating of the track appears to be breaking down,” Garland said as he showed photos of the melting track to the board members. “The track surface is coming off on the bottom of your shoes.”
Garland said he has contacted the contractor to repair
the track, which has an eight-year warranty, as soon as possible.
“We have made contact with the general contractor, which is Brassfield and Gorrie,” Garland said. “Matt Smith of Brassfield and Gorrie told me today the supplies to get the resurfacing done have been ordered. Their initial plan is to flood the surface again and use a different supplier for the granular rubber. They’ll basically give us the top layer of the track, and flood the whole thing for another layer.”
Garland said all scheduled events will continue at Barron Stadium, but the public won’t be able to utilize the track until the problems are resolved.
“We will still host the Rome High School, Shorter University and Rome Middle School football games,” he said. “Those will be the only activities we will have on the track until it is repaired.”
Both Garland and Chairman Jerry Lee said they hope the repairs will be finished by the end of October.
“The warmer the weather, the better the adhesion and getting it installed is going to be, because, if we wait too long, we’re looking at spring time before we get it done,” Lee said. “So far, I think we’ve done what we can do to protect our interests. It’s incumbent for us and the city to push this along as fast as we can.”
In other action, the RFPRA approved to adopt the finance committee’s recommendation to use $14,000 from the county capital reserve funds to help purchase a new truck.
An employee was involved in a wreck a few weeks ago and totaled a 2003 model F-250 cab crew truck. The insurance company reimbursed a little more than $8,000 for the truck. The authority plans to add $14,000 from the reserve funds to buy a 2012 F-250 model.