Tuesday’s arson fire destroyed a Turfco hopper used to spread crumb rubber on the synthetic turf. The tractor that pulls it was heavily damaged, while seam tape and adhesive for the project melted.
The equipment and materials belong to Shaw Sportexe, on contract to the City and Borough to install the synthetic turf.
Fire Marshal Dan Jager says additional costs must still be considered:
“Lost labor time and whatever delays this causes with the project as well as any groups might be impacted by it,” Jager says. “You know users, high schoolers, practice and stuff like that. Probably not a monetary dollar amount you can put to that but it’s definitely going to be time and it’s going to have some sort of an impact.”
Juneau police and fire are still investigating the vandalism, and Jager says it’s not clear what was used to start the fire.
Shaw Sportexe has ordered new adhesive and seaming tape and is trying to locate another spreader and small tractor.
Meanwhile, CBJ project manager Catherine Wilkens says the company still hopes to complete the synthetic turf project by July 15.
- Juneau schools first considered doing this last year after they learned other school districts were doing it in the Lower 48. They didn’t get a chance to do it in Juneau until now.
- In a White House proclamation, President Donald Trump designated 11 a.m. local time on Memorial Day to unite in prayer for permanent peace and asked all Americans to observe a national moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
- The incident had witnesses, which can help investigators determine the cause of a crash in the same way witnesses are helpful when investigating car accidents.
- Divers have found multiple spots where oil could have been released and have since sealed off those locations. The total amount of oil released from the Powhatan is unknown.