Bri­gus soft­ball field un­safe to use, claims res­i­dent

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - Wil­liam Pomeroy writes from Bri­gus

Ap­par­ently about 10 years ago, coun­cil, for what­ever rea­son, re­moved all the sand and sil­ica from our ball field, thus leav­ing the field un­level and un­safe to use.

Last fall I brought Coun. Lorne Youden and Deputy Mayor Ralph Trick­ett to the ball field and showed them where the sand and the sil­ica were re­moved. Nei­ther coun­cil­lor could tell me why the sil­ica was re­moved, only that it was prob­a­bly re­moved a long time ago.

While walk­ing past our ball field a week later, I be­came very shocked and dis­mayed that our ball field gates weren’t locked and a sign not put up to warn the public about our un­safe ball field.

It is now sum­mer, some nine months later, and the sil­ica or sand is still not back on our field and our youth are now play­ing on an un­level, un­safe ball field. I as­sume our mayor and coun­cil­lors have the in­tel­li­gence, knowl­edge and com­mon sense to know that if some­one was to fall and in­jure them­selves, our town could be pos­si­bly held li­able and pos­si­bly even sued. I also don’t need to re­mind coun­cil that we now have a lot of highly ed­u­cated res­i­dents — doc­tors, teach­ers, lawyers and at least three judges — now liv­ing in his­toric Bri­gus.

For what­ever rea­son there seems to be a lot of ap­a­thy in this town. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see if this ap­a­thy is go­ing to ap­ply to the safety of our chil­dren as well.

In clos­ing, I must re­mind coun­cil­lors what a se­ri­ous and im­por­tant job run­ning a town is, and if they lack the in­tel­li­gence, knowl­edge and com­mon sense, then please re­sign for the good of our town and its res­i­dents — es­pe­cially our chil­dren.

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