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Rindge

$5,285 needed to fix fence

The fence surrounding the basketball court at the Rindge Recreation Department is in desperate need of repair and poses a potential safety risk, according to Recreation Director Craig Fraley.

The cost to replace the fence Fraley told the Select Board at a June 26 meeting is expected to be about $5,285 — which he proposed be withdrawn from the recreation facilities impact fee account, so that no additional funds would have to be raised through taxation. The impact fee account generated by building permits contains about $17,000, he noted.

The light mesh fence that’s currently in place, Fraley said, would be replaced with a six-gauge mesh, which is the heaviest of its kind on the market.

Because one of the basketball hoops is so close to the damaged fence, Fraley said that players who do layups are bound to come in contact with a portion of the fence on their way down from the hoop.

The Recreation Committee had considered taking down the fence at one time, Fraley said, but the cost to remove the concrete posts that hold it up would have been too costly.

With the Select Board’s unanimous approval, Fraley said the new fence should be installed by August. In the meantime, the basketball court remains open to residents, who are asked to play with caution.

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