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The rules to 'shooting hoops' in Salina

As the weather gets warmer, many people are planning on getting outdoors and shooting hoops. Before you break out the ball, just remember that there are certain rules in the town of Salina that must be followed pertaining to portable basketball hoops. Each town within New York is in control of the law surrounding the location of portable basketball hoops. Salina has established and enforced local ordinances and codes for such portable basketball hoops.

As you may be aware, basketball hoops are available in a number of types, including in-ground hoops with a concrete base and portable basketball hoops that can be moved and stored. The portable basketball hoops are pieces of movable equipment that can be used either indoors or outdoors. A portable basketball hoop usually consists of a pole, acrylic backboard, brace and a base filled with sand or water.

Portable basketball hoops are not permitted to be stored or used on public streets in the town of Salina. These hoops not only present a hazard for those playing basketball in the road, it poses danger to motorists trying to navigate the road and the people around it. If you happen to have a portable basketball hoop on the street, the following is likely to happen:

+ A written complaint will be received by the Town Codes Department

+ An Order to Remedy the Violation will be sent to the property owner by certified and regular mail. (This is the only notice the property owner will receive.)

+ The property owner will be asked to move the portable basketball hoop fifteen feet back from the edge of the road

+ If this is not done, the Salina Highway Department will come and remove the portable basketball hoop and it will not be returned

For everyone's safety, we hope that the town of Salina is not called upon to investigate the use of portable basketball hoops in the street. So, please, let's play it safe, and keep our hoops off the streets.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please stop by my office, call me at 457- 6661 or email me at supervisor@salina.ny.us. Also, please visit the town of Salina website at salina.ny.us or look for us on Facebook and Twitter.

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