The town needs to continue to move aggressively forward to get the Revson Baseball Fields completed correctly once and for all. It’s a shame the current contractor, Marc D’Andrea of Aqua-Turf, has to be circumvented in order to do that, and even more of a shame to realize that by doing so, the town is likely setting itself up for more litigation. But, declaring the project abandoned is the right thing to do.
Mr. D’Andrea has some legitimate complaints. He was not aware of the extent of the mess to be found at Revson. He was not aware of the political hot potato Revson has been over the past decade. He was not aware how hot under the collar many people in town are prone to get the longer the mishaps at Revson continue. Admittedly, some of the problems at Revson were not of his making, and weather always complicates outdoor projects (especially ones that have to do with flooding and drainage like this one).
However, there is no excuse for not showing up for weeks on end. There is no excuse for not fixing an irrigation system that is obviously failing. There is no excuse for not only dumping the wrong kind of clay on the infield but actually dumping clay that makes it unplayable. And there is no excuse for not completing a project correctly.
The good news is these are problems that can be fixed. The correct clay has been ordered. The irrigation system is being thoroughly tested and inspected this week. Town officials say they are going to keep on top of the situation until it is, at last, resolved.
The bad news is there is no getting back yet another lost baseball season. Yet another crop of talented and dedicated high school baseball players will graduate having not played a single home game on their home field.
There’s no excuse for that, either.