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Sprayer part of improving town’s recreation facilities

Town of Stephenville representatives pose for a photo with the new sprayer at Harmon Seaside Links with Richard March (sitting) maintenance supervisor. From left are: Mayor Tom O’Brien, Ted Gracie, director of municipal services; and Mike Campbell, town manager.
Town of Stephenville representatives pose for a photo with the new sprayer at Harmon Seaside Links with Richard March (sitting) maintenance supervisor. From left are: Mayor Tom O’Brien, Ted Gracie, director of municipal services; and Mike Campbell, town manager.

While it took two rounds of being adopted, a contribution of $40,000 towards a new sprayer at Harmon Seaside Links is proving to be a great advantage for that property and town facilities.

While the amount was first approved in a July meeting, that particular approval was rescinded due to not having a majority of council at the table and was unanimously approved at a meeting last Thursday.

The Toro Multi-Pro 1750 replaces a vintage sprayer that was more than 30 years old, according to Richard March, maintenance supervisor at Harmon Seaside Links and had a total cost of close to $50,000.

Mayor Tom O’Brien said the sprayer will benefit the golf course in helping the maintenance crew maintain the grounds and will also benefit all the town’s sports fields and green spaces.

O’Brien said it has already been used on the Middle School soccer field.

The sprayer is housed and maintained at the golf course and the town will benefit with the expertise of the Harmon Seaside Links maintenance crew.

Town Manager Mike Campbell said the use of liquid fertilizer results in stronger grass and less weed problems.

He said over the last couple of years the town’s soccer and softball fields have had a lot of pressure because of increased activity and this helps in keeping them up to a standard to host provincial championships and an opportunity for national tournaments.

O’Brien said the sprayer is another part of the town’s commitment to the improvement of recreation facilities in the town.

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