(Video) Edgar Road Resident: Turf Field Proposal 'Doesn't Add Up'

Scott Robb discusses reasons why he'll be voting against the upcoming bond referendum.

Scott Robb has lived across from for 15 years and as much as he and his family enjoy all things athletic, the father of three and sometime coach does not want to see the school's natural grass field become synthetic turf.  

Among the many issues that Robb has with the is that its funding has been bundled with district-wide roof repairs into one bond referendum which residents will vote on Monday, Sept. 24. While Robb deems the roof repairs a necessity, he views the turf field as an indulgence with a $3.3 million price tag.

"We're being asked to pay for something that is a luxury," he said. 

Further, the Edgar Road resident believes it is not the Board of Education's job to create fields. He added that he doesn't understand why the Board voted on adding the field to the referendum just several weeks after it was presented. Robb also questions whether or not the Board "heard" the concerns of neighborhood residents at the .

For more on Robb's opposition to the turf field proposal, view the attached videos.

On Wednesday, the  www.westfieldnjk12.org/bond2012, to address the upcoming bond referendum.

This feature is just one in a multi-part series that explores the various views regarding the proposed field. Check back with Patch over the next several weeks for more on this issue. To see more on this topic, visit Patch's Lighted Turf Field Topic Page. 

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Captain Obvious August 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Stop whining Robb and move - You bought a house across from the school-what did you think it would be like? Enjoy your last few months without looking at turf and lights....
Enough already August 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM
In these troubled times of unemployment and rising taxes to name just two issues, spending $3 million on an athletic field is ridiculous. If an existing field had washed away in a flood, okay, fix it. But to take a usable field and 'upgrade' it is a waste of money, unless the BOE plans to rent out the space and generate some revenue.
Reality August 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Taxpayers are being saddled with a $20,000 or more price tag to have this vote in September. Union County is billing Wesstfield for the use of voting machines, personell to run the machines, registration vouchers, overtime, etc. because the board of education is having the vote in September and not in November during the general election. All to guarantee a low voter turnout from senior citizens and a way to get the bond passed. Pass the word on. Vote no and show the board of education that they are acting irresponsibly with our tax dollars. This is the same board that gave teachers a 3.9 % raise when the rest of NJ was getting no raises during the recent fiscal crisis.
E Liz August 16, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I think there are many people, myself included, that are going to vote against this due to the field component. Nothing to do with the turf or the lights - I would have to study up more on that to have an opinon on the usefulness, safety, etc., of that, but I will be voting NO based on cost alone. If the vote was for roof repairs alone - it would be a strong "YES" from me. I really hate to do it - since I am fully aware that delaying the roof repairs might be more costly in the long run if it turns into interior water damage, or emergency repairs later on - but its a shame that this game is being played by bundling the field part of it.
Diane barabas August 16, 2012 at 01:08 PM
This is not the time for frivolous spending! Residents are being taxed out of town and the Board of Ed still wants more?
check your facts August 16, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Actually there are only 3 Board members (Leatz, Clancy and Carey) that voted for the pay raise for the teachers 3 years ago- the other members were not on that board I believe. You make it seem like the all volunteer Board of Ed (that puts in close to 15-20 hours a week without pay) has nothing better to do than act irresponsible - I think you just dont like living near the High School and are using this to take it out on the rest of the town
Reality August 16, 2012 at 02:02 PM
@checkyourfacts What makes you think that the current board wouldn't have voted for the raise as well? Look at their track record with this bond. They all new the position was "volunteer" when they ran for the position. Whether they are volunteer or not should have no bearing on the irresponsible act of coupling the turf field and lights with the need for roofing. Holding a special vote outside of the November elections was even more irresponsible and a calculated decision to better the chances of the bond being passed. I will be voting no as will many of my neighbors that are tired of the irresponsible spending.
Reality August 16, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Spoken like a true candidate for political office. Where were you before you decided to run for Freeholder?
Realto August 16, 2012 at 02:33 PM
in newark, some schools have solar panels mounted on beams in the parking lots. great because it has a dual purpose - power and rain protection for the teacher's cars. No roof bond needed and it's green at the same time
Gary McCready August 16, 2012 at 05:36 PM
The BOE could not have the Bond election in November even if they wanted to see below for the 2001 law defining the dates http://www.njsba.org/press_releases/new_law_will_restrict_bond_elect.htm
Westfield Taxpayers August 16, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I vote no on the Turf Field Luxury, and I vote no on Solar Panel Pet Project. Shameful spending when we are deep in a recession.
Andrea August 16, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I probably would have voted "yes" if the bond referendum were only for the roof repairs. But I vote a resounding "NO" with the addition of a turf field in the referendum. I do not like artificial turf. It's not good for the athletes, and it's terrible for the environment
Sally McBride August 17, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Why does it matter if it is good times or bad times? The bond is 20(?) years. We will be paying for it in good times AND bad times. I guess you are saying we should buy a whole buch of stuff during good times, and if things get bad then we are just stuck with the payments?
Sally McBride August 17, 2012 at 12:12 AM
@Gary McCready - stop clouding people's rants with well researched and accurate responses. They do not want to hear them
Sally McBride August 17, 2012 at 12:13 AM
When should we spend frivolously? When it benefits you?
Sally McBride August 17, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Yes, everyone stop spending any money until companies start hiring and produce more products that no one would be buying
Sally McBride August 17, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I mean come on now, good times are ahead of us. President Obama said so. We have nowhere. It up to go. Do you remember the tv show Good Times with JJ? How about Flo, now that woman knew what was best and she surely would. It's yes for a turf field with lights.
Sally McBride August 17, 2012 at 12:29 AM
My rants are terrible for the environment. My handlers let me out tonight so I'm taking full advantage of my freedom for the evening.
Walkin Westfield August 17, 2012 at 02:36 PM
captain obnoxious, stop whining for a plastic field that you expect everyone else to pay for.
Walkin Westfield August 17, 2012 at 02:40 PM
the town of Westfield’s spending has exceeded its revenue every year since 2006. This was highlighted when the S&P Rating Service downgraded the town’s debt rating in July. An additional bond by the BOE adds to the fiscal recklessness. Low interest rates are not an excuse to delay the adoption of a medium term budget adjustment.
Rubbery Fenders August 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Great points on this issue. Well said, Scott Robb! I completely agree.
buzz August 18, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Regarding the above comment stating the law limits when the referendum can take place http://www.njsba.org/press_releases/new_law_will_restrict_bond_elect.htm it says " • Special school elections may be held only on the fourth Tuesday in January, the second Tuesday in March, the last Tuesday in September or the second Tuesday in December. (School boards can continue to hold bond elections and other referenda on the Annual School Election, which takes place on the third Tuesday in April.) " Meanwhile the vote is on Monday, so something is not right. Back to the issue the bond is being voted on during an off date to try and sneak it through. vote NO. the bond should have separated the roof costs from the luxury lighted turf field
Walkin Westfield August 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Clean up dirty jersey, keep westfield green


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