December 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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Editor's note: We thank Josh Bertrand, City of Glendale, for helping us for once hearing from the crew of a Field of the Year winner rather than the head sports turf manager. J osh Bertrand says, "The City of Glendale takes tremendous pride in the maintenance of Infinity Park. This pride is reflected in the STMA Field of the Year award, which was submitted by Noel Harryman. Noel was the sports turf manager with support from the Public Works Department. Noel had been with the department for 7 years, and left the City of Glendale earlier this year to take a position with Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado. "As a small Public Works Department of 13 employees, it is not uncommon for employees to seek employment at larger organizations where they may find more opportunities for career growth. Thus, the Public Works Department has procedures and processes in place to ensure smooth transitions when an employee leaves. "One of the unique aspects of turf management at Infinity Park is the work is supported by the Public Works Department," Bertrand says. "Every member of the Public Works team is cross- trained to include training in turf maintenance. Cross-training employees creates a safety net with regards to the care of the playing surface. This cross-training means employees with job titles such as 'Information System Coordinator,' 'Utility Worker/ Master Electrician' or 'Maintenance Worker' were tasked with aiding the turf manager with performing or assisting with all the maintenances tasks, from painting the playing surface for a game to aeration and topdressing. It also means that turf maintenance personnel are cross training in other disciplines in Public Works such Fire Hydrant maintenance and snow removal. This creates a culture of learning and growth for the employees. It also creates knowledgeable and talented employees, who are in demand or seek to use their new talents elsewhere. In the spirit of crossing training, some of the employees who maintain Infinity Park responded to SportsTurf's questions." What motivates you every day to do your best work? "My children." Lance Barber, Maintenance Worker I "I have worked here for 30 years. This job motivates me, doing different tasks every week to improve the City's appearance." Jody Yonke, Operations Supervisor "Respect with my work, knowing the people in the City of Glendale would see my work. Getting notice with my co-worker and supervisor." Anthony Borja, Maintenance Worker I "What motivates me every day to do my best work is knowing that every day of work that passes by, I'm one step closer to achieving my goals and to be successful in life as well as happy!" Adam Niemczyk, Utility Worker/Mechanic "The short answer would be success. If we try our best to accomplish a goal and we do so then we will have success. If we www.spor 41 December 2017 //

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