Repairs soon for stadium’s fence

Published 12:13 am Tuesday, April 1, 2003

By By BEN RAYMOND LODE / Niles Daily Star
NILES -- The car-struck fence on Silverbrook Street partly surrounding Thomas Memorial Baseball Stadium will soon be repaired, a city official said Monday.
Niles City Administrator Terry Eull said structural damages to the fence are significant and will cost about $8,500 to fix.
He said the parts that will be used to repair the fence have been ordered and a company has been hired to do the repair work.
The new fence parts have been ordered to match the current fence, he said.
Eull expects, however, the fence to be somewhat color-mismatched at first because the current fence has been exposed to the sun since its erection a few years back.
However, he expects the new fence parts to blend in with the old fence over time.
Rick Olinghouse, president of the Babe Ruth Baseball League, said the fence on Silverbrook Street was struck about a month or so ago.
He said a couple of cars ran into the fence in February, and then another car hit it in March.
Nevertheless, he said it's odd that several accidents happened at the same place with such short time intervals between them.
Eull agreed it's somewhat strange to have so many accidents on one fence over such a short time period.
He can't remember the old fence ever having being rammed by cars.