PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING - Nov 21 @ 5:30PM

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Let's Talk Facts

There have been many concerns raised regarding the development of the Summit Baseball Complex. Here are the facts that ease those concerns.

NOISE AND CONCERT CONCERNS

CONCERT AND OTHER NON-BASEBALL EVENTS

We are only looking to hold a few concert type events.  The venue will need a conditional use permit, thus giving Village of Summit control over the type of concert, etc.  


The facility will have a maximum rating capacity that is controlled by local Fire Department that will be in alignment with the 3,000 maximum seats we have proposed from the beginning.  

NOISE WILL NOT BE A DISTURBANCE

A professional sound study completed by Talaske/Sound Thinking from Chicago, Illinois, measured ambient sound levels around development and compared to projected sound levels during a baseball event.  The study shows that with a properly designed audio system, in conjunction with limitations on the amount of sound produced, the expected sound exposure north of I-94 will be “Generally Inaudible”, with worst case scenario being “Audible to Moderate” at 2 locations to the south.  


Projected decibel scale readings at all four corners of the proposed 57-acre ballpark land, are to be between 57 and 65 dB, equivalent to the sound of an air conditioning unit or a face-to-face conversation.


Comparing sound from the baseball facility to the sound that comes from the Labor Day Harley concert events is inaccurate.  The baseball facility’s proximity to I-94 and the professionally designed sound system will control sound, with added ability to reduce sound level with audio limiting devices. The Harley concerts are played in the wide open on an open stage with no sound controls.


The sound that is generated from I-94, a 4-lane major highway that averages over 100,000 cars per day, plays a significant role in how any sound from the facility is dispersed to neighboring lands.  Sound barriers will be used to control the amount of highway noise and its otherwise negative impact on a spectator’s ability to enjoy a ballgame, which will further reduce overall sound levels.


FACT:  LOW TO NO NOISE POLLUTION BASED ON CURRENT AMBIENT SOUND LEVELS; POSITIONED NEXT TO A MAJOR INTERSTATE THAT PRODUCES CONSIDERABLE NOISE EVERY DAY.

TRAFFIC CONCERNS

TRAFFIC WILL NOT CONVERGE ON THE VILLAGE

Proposed modifications made to the entryways and exits of the site will result in “Desirable Peak Hour Operating Conditions”, based on the procedures set forth in the Highway Capacity Manual, 6th Edition (HCM).  


The “traffic generated by the proposed ballpark is an infrequent operation, games are typically played later in the evening when there is less non-development traffic at the intersections.”  


Per the traffic study conducted by John A. Bieberitz, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Analysis & Design, LLC, “Approximately 80% of inflow and outflow traffic will utilize the I-94 / Hwy 67 corridor.”  This corridor is made up of industrial/distribution/warehouse mixed use; it is not a residential area within the Village of Summit. 


The I-94/Hwy 67 entrance and exit ramps have all been recently upgraded to handle the proposed traffic changes.  


FACT:  NO MAJOR CONGESTION; CURRENT ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE CAPABLE OF ACCOMMODATING GAME DAY ACTIVITY

LIGHT POLLUTION CONCERNS

NO LIGHT POLLUTION

Proprietary LED Lighting technology creates controlled lighting and carves out areas to be lighted with pinpoint precision.


The 80 ft height of the light poles allows the light to be directed straight down, compared to the way in which shorter poles would direct the light from a more side-to-side angle.  


There is no halo effect or glow from a distance.  There will be no negative impact on one’s ability to see the stars, and facility will not cast light that will reflect off of Silver Lake.


The measured light refraction 30 feet from playing surface is 0 per Mr. Greg Smidt, Musco Lighting; Member, International Dark-Sky Association.


Games are played during the time of the year when the daylight hours are the longest.

FACT:  LIGHTS WILL NOT CHANGE THE RURAL LANDSCAPE

Groundwatrer Contamination Concerns

NO GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION

The proposed ballpark is estimated to have a water/sewer flow of an average of 1,000 gallons per day, or, equivalent to two (2) five-bedroom residences.  This is based on comparative water usage information from the LaCrosse Loggers Northwoods franchise.  


Peak consumption usage, based on similar sized ballparks, has an average of 2,150 gallons per day, or, equivalent to less than five (5) five-bedroom residences.


There are no bad materials being put into the storm water as it goes through a 6” stone base.  Any water getting into the storm system is filtered better than the water you will get from your faucet.


Any proposed septic system would require State and Waukesha County approval, with a solid understanding that a proposed system could not have any negative impact on neighboring wetlands or existing water aquifers.  


FACT:  GROUNDWATER WILL NOT BE CONTAMINATED

TURF Field CONCERNS

No Risk To Our Groundwater and Lakes

In July 2019, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxics Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) have released the Synthetic Turf Field Recycled Tire Crumb Rubber Characterization Research Final Report: Part 1 – Tire Crumb Rubber Characterization.   


This research effort represents the largest tire crumb study conducted in the United States.  In general, the findings from the report support the premise that while chemicals are present as expected in the tire crumb rubber, human exposure appears to be limited based on what is released into air or simulated biological fluids (gastric fluid, saliva and sweat). – United States Environmental Protections Agency

Synthetic Turf Field Recycled Tire Crumb Rubber Research Under the Federal Research Action Plan Volume 1

Volume 2


“We naturally have a need to find something to blame but it's not the crumb rubber or anything else in synthetic turf that caused the cancers. On the contrary, physical activity should be encouraged and promoted by year-round, weather-resistant fields to help prevent cancer and other chronic diseases. Limiting field development could in the long run actually increase cancer incidence.”

         - Dr. Archie Bleyer is Clinical Research Professor in Radiation Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University, and founding member of the Critical Mass Young Adult Cancer Alliance and founder of DEFEATcancer. Dr. Bleyer chaired the Children’s Cancer Group for 10 years, then the world's largest pediatric cancer research organization, the Department and Division of Pediatrics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Community Oncology in the Department and Division of Medicine at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.


https://www.syntheticturfcouncil.org/page/recycled-rubber

https://www.syntheticturfcouncil.org/page/Research#cri

https://www.syntheticturfcouncil.org/page/Research


‘In the United States, there are 12,000 to 13,000 such fields, with another 1,200 opening every year.” - United States Environmental Protections Agency

FACT:  NO RISK TO CHILDREN, GROUNDWATER, OR LAKES

Emergency Service Concerns

Facility will not require many police/fire/ambulance visits

Owner and General Manager of two Northwoods Teams were present at planning commission meeting stating the need to contract police in past 15+ years has virtually been zero.  Any ambulance call would be paid by park or patron and not the Village.  


FACT: NO MAJOR BURDEN ON PROTECTIVE SERVICES

Tax Payer Concerns

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HUGE TAX INCREMENT TO VILLAGE

The proposed ballpark and all roads will be privately financed with no assistance from the Village or Taxpayers. The current Tax Bill for the parcel is $203.86.  Based on a proposed total project value of $12,000,000.00, the projected Tax Bill will be $183,044.77, an increase of 90,000%, per Henry Elling, Village Planner, Village of Summit.


FACT:  NO BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS

Community involvement concerns

Facility will be open to youth or high school players

Many discussions have taken place with people tied to Oconomowoc and Kettle Moraine High School along with all area Youth Baseball, LaCrosse and Soccer organizations, and we will work to provide many opportunities for facility usage, especially knowing turf will be advantages in spring months.