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Roseburg school board approves $99K emergency contract to upgrade turf underlayment

The discovery of a deficient underlayment underneath existing Finlay Field has briefly halted work to install new field turf at Roseburg High School.

The Roseburg Public Schools board of directors held an emergency session Tuesday where Knife River Materials was awarded a nearly $99,000 bid to repair the underlayment of the Roseburg High School turf installed in 2005, with the provision that geotechnical and environmental engineer Karel Broda inspect and sign off on the work.

The $98,997 bid was unanimously approved Tuesday. The bid by Knife River also stated that there’s a possible savings of $10,000 if they use a different layer of rock — as long as it is approved by Broda.

Hellas Sports Construction was awarded the bid to replace the turf at RHS and identified problems with the condition of the underlayment of rock and drainage fabric and stopped work to wait for an inspection by Broda.

He submitted his findings and recommendations to the school district Friday. “These problems were only able to be identified after the existing artificial turf was removed,” said Chief Operations Officer Cheryl Northam.

Roseburg High School held its June 9 graduation on the turf, and on June 11 Hellas construction crews started removing it.

Knife River’s bid said they would be able to start the project Wednesday morning and be finished by Tuesday afternoon, putting the Hellas crew one day behind schedule on completing the remainder of the turf replacement project.

Hellas Sports Construction also submitted a bid for the underlayment project. Their bid was for more than $208,000 and did not specify a timeline for completion.

Hellas was expecting to start installing the cushdrain shock pad on June 26. This will start as soon as Knife River is done with the repairs to the underlayment.

An emergency board meeting was called because delay of the project would jeopardize the completion date of the overall project and would create an interruption of services. Fall sports would have to be rescheduled and played at alternate locations, causing the district financial loss.

A motion made by director Rodney Cotton to award the bid to Knife River — without the provisional supervision — did not pass.

Broda provided an evaluation and assessment of the underlayment and made recommendations for a solution. These findings were released to the two contractors.

There were two main findings; a soft ground along the perimeter and a poorly draining surface of the playing field.

“Examination of the subsurface condition between the concrete curb and the field showed that the 12-inch aggregate base is underlain by soft clayey silt subgrade, the natural ground. The two dissimilar materials are not separated by geofabric,” Broda wrote in his report. “The soft ground condition should be mitigated by reconstructing the perimeter, specifically excavating the rock aggregate, installing a separation geofabric between the soft, natural ground and the aggregate, structural fill.”

The poor drainage on the field seems to have been caused because the surface layer installed in 2005 did not meet the recommended design requirement, according to Broda’s report. The recommended layer was two inches of 3/8-inch to 1/8-inch crushed rock and Broda found the layer was made of aggregate material which contained excessive amounts of silt and clay particles.

“In order to mitigate the poorly draining surface conditions, the existing surface aggregate layer should be removed and be replaced by well-draining surface layer,” Broda wrote. In his recommendation, he wrote that the top aggregate layer be removed, the exposed surface then be compacted with a vibratory roller, and resurfaced with a free-draining material.

Grauf said the drain lines on the field appear to be in good shape, but the water is not getting to the drain lines because of the fine particulates.

Director Howard Johnson speculated that during the original turf installation “adequate supervision was not done.” He voted against the project without the provision of supervision.

The underlayment work needs to be completed before the replacement turf can be installed.

Construction is still expected to be completed prior to the start of football season. The season starts Aug. 31 when Roseburg hosts Mountain View.


Roseburg
Rally goers brave heat to stand up for Second Amendment rights

Gun rally draws crowd

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Senior Staff Writer

The News-Review

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State Sen. Dallas Heard thinks it’s unlikely that two gun control initiatives will make the November ballot, but he said it’s important to get out the vote anyway.

Heard addressed about 200 people at the Second Amendment Support Rally on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn Tuesday. Attendees braved 93-degree heat to hear local politicians speak about the importance of gun rights and voting.

Heard, R-Winston, started off with a prayer for Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, who is fighting brain cancer.

Heard then spoke about Initiative Petitions 43 and 44, both measures being put forward by gun control advocates. He said IP 44 petitioners recently received the go ahead to begin collecting signatures, but only while IP 43 is still being challenged.

“The good news is it’s very unlikely that those two initiatives are going to make it to our ballots this November,” he said. But he urged listeners not to become apathetic, and to get out the vote in November. He said the big cities continue to make assaults on freedoms and liberties.

He called Gov. Kate Brown “one of the single worst governors in the entire country” and urged voters to choose Republican Knute Buehler, who grew up in Roseburg, even though he may not be as conservative as many southern Oregonians.

He also struck a moderate note, saying Democrats and Republicans shouldn’t hate each other, and that a love for liberty creates a bridge between people from different parties.

Ian Quimby, a Southern Oregon University student who works for the Douglas Forest Protective Association, said it’s important to educate youth about gun rights and firearms safety. He said young people need to become comfortable around guns.

“A gun is a tool. It’s just a tool. That’s all it is. I work for DFPA. I use a shovel. My shovel at DFPA is no different than my AR at home. It is a tool and it should be used properly,” he said.

He lamented the lack of youth in the audience, and indirectly addressed the youth gun control movement that has swelled since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February.

“I’ve never seen a generation, and this is my generation, fight so hard to have their rights taken away from them, and we need to change that,” he said.

Kendra Maddox, a Douglas High School student, said gun rights are women’s rights. Referencing statistics that one in five college women will be a victim of sexual assault, she recommended women be free to carry around guns instead of making campuses gun-free zones.

“Why don’t we try to lower that number by allowing campus carry, so women don’t have to be the victim?” she said.

Republican congressional candidate Art Robinson said America isn’t a democracy, it’s a constitutional republic, and that means a majority can’t vote to take away an individual’s rights to life, liberty and property. The Second Amendment right to own guns is the right to defend life, he said.

Those are God-given rights, he said, and that’s why the Founding Fathers included them in the Constitution.

“No force on Earth has any right to deprive us of those rights,” he said.

State Rep. Gary Leif, R-Roseburg, followed up with a rousing speech in favor of the Douglas County Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance that will likely appear on the November ballot.

“It’s a great day to be an American. We’re privileged to live in a country that continues to shine as a beacon of freedom for individuals, one in which we each have the right to form our own opinion, express that opinion and hold our government accountable to the will of you the people,” he said.

He said our foundational rights are free speech, freedom to bear arms and protection from unlawful search and seizure.

“Today I stand both amazed and distressed, watching as our governor and other liberal politicians are attempting to reduce or eliminate our Second Amendment rights,” he said. “I understand. People are truly afraid. They believe that if we get rid of all of the guns, that all of our senseless killings will go away. But the simple fact of the matter is criminals don’t obey the law. I believe it’s our right to protect ourselves and keep our families safe, away from evil.”

He said Americans have been asleep and it’s time to wake up to threats like IP 43 and IP 44. He urged listeners to support the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance, to become politically active and vote to ensure the future remains as bright as the past.

Before the speeches began, Clark Elliott of Sutherlin said he attended the rally because he wanted to stand up for gun rights. He’s a veteran who served as a military policeman in Germany and also a former Douglas County sheriff’s deputy. He said he doesn’t want to see any more gun control laws take effect.

“We have enough laws on the books now,” he said.

If current laws were enforced, he said, incidents like the Umpqua Community College shooting wouldn’t have happened.

Tom Smith and his father William Smith, both of Tiller, said they attended the rally because it’s important to ensure gun rights aren’t infringed upon.

The Second Amendment, William Smith said, is the right that protects all the rest of the rights Americans have.

He said he favors the proposed county ordinance because it will remind people that gun rights “aren’t given by government, they’re protected by government.”

“A lot of people think the government gives the right to keep and bear arms. It doesn’t. You have that right without the government,” he said.

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State
Oregon Supreme Court OKs language in gun control proposal

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon’s highest court certified the language of a gun control proposal aimed for the November ballot.

The Oregon Supreme Court announced the certification Monday, meaning supporters of the proposal can start collecting signatures. To qualify for the ballot, petitioners must obtain more than 88,000 valid ones by July 6.

Named “Oregonians for Safe Gun Storage and Reporting Lost/Stolen Firearms,” the proposal would require gun owners to secure their weapons with trigger locks or other mechanisms when they aren’t in use or being carried. Violators of the law could face fines of up to $2,000 and would be liable for any injury caused by an unlawfully unlocked weapon, excluding self-defense situations.

Among the chief petitioners are Jenna Yuille and Paul Kemp, relatives of the two people killed by a gunman at Clackamas Town Center in December 2012. The shooter had stolen an unsecured AR-15 rifle from a friend.

The petition had been on hold after opponents with the National Rifle Association, Oregon Firearms Federation and other groups challenged its ballot language to the high court.

“We thank the court for their quick action, affirming the attorney general correctly titled our measure,” Jake Weigler, a campaign spokesman, told Oregon Public Broadcasting . “We are disappointed the gun lobby attempted to run out most of the clock to keep voters from considering this measure. We are working quickly to determine if we see a path to qualify it for the ballot.”

The petition is one of two gun-control proposals that could appear on the fall ballot. The other would restrict the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in the state.

Pro-gun groups have also appealed ballot language for that petition to the Oregon Supreme Court, and there has yet to be a decision made in the case.