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Baseball field project approved
RUMFORD -- Following a lengthy discussion, the Board of Selectmen Thursday approved a previously tabled measure to correct infield issues on the baseball diamond at the Hosmer Field Complex.
Selectmen unanimously approved (Selectman Jeremy Volkernick was absent) a recommendation by Parks and Recreation Department Supt. Mike Mills and the department's board members to approve $16,415 for the work to be done by Sportsfield, Inc. of Monmouth.
The project, to be done following the high school spring sports season, was in the five-year plan. Mills noted that the money is in the budget and that voters approved the project.
Mills said there is an eight-inch drop from the baseline from first base to third base. "It is pretty dangerous and it's been like this for five to six years."
Board Chairman Greg Buccina questioned if this work was necessary. "Are there other options that might be more financially feasible?"
When it was questioned about this bid being some $30,000 less than another bidder, Parks Commission Chairman Dan Richard noted that they have confidence in this company.
Longtime Parks Board Member Rick White said this company did the football field project as well. "We used them for 30 years."
He added that not doing this project could impact the contract with RSU 10, which pays the town for use of the complex.
Parks Board Member Ryan Palmer, himself a baseball coach, noted that in its present condition, this field "is unsafe to play on."
RSU 10 Supt. Tom Ward, who was at the meeting for another matter, added that the school district utilizes Sportsfield, Inc. and that their work is "very reputable."
At a previous meeting Volkernick asked if Mills could do this work. Mills suggested doing the work to his board, but they indicated it would take away from other projects.
"It would probably ruin our summer doing it," said Mills, adding that he would also need another person or two who know what they're doing to assist him in the project, that would take six or seven weeks. For Sportsfield, the project will take about three weeks.
"The field has been fixed or patched many times. It's probably been 40 or 50 years since there's been this kind of project," he noted.