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Town OK's fences for ball fields

At Austin Park there are three baseball fields, but only one of them has enough fencing to keep most players and game attendants safe.

To correct what some see as a safety hazard, Skaneateles Rotary Club members attended Thursday night's town board meeting seeking approval to make headway on adding fencing to Sims Field.

"This is all that's here, this backstop," rotary member Peter Adams said to the board. "Our proposal would be to duplicate the north field. It's where we want to be in terms of safety."

With only a backstop, there is nothing protecting people from fly balls and in the past there have been injuries because balls have been hit into the crowd.

According to Adams, Rotary members have met with Mayor Bob Green and Skaneateles Community Center Director Matt Major and both are on board with the plan to construct fencing for Sims Field.

Adams said Rotary has gone out and gotten quotes and it would cost between $5,000 and $6,000 to do part of the project. Rotary members also would do the physical labor.

According to Major, the project would include fencing in the dugout area where teams sit.

"When we built the Community Center we [put fence up] along the first base line so balls don't go in the roadway," Major said.

Adams said putting up fences at Sims Field would be a win-win situation for everyone involved. In order to get started with permit applications and approval, Adams said he was looking for approval Thursday night.

Without addition discussion, the town board unanimously approved the request contingent upon a receipt of insurance coverage.

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