Mud boggers force MD to build fences

Foothills: Move to prevent damage at sport fields

By: Don Patterson

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 03:08 pm

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Foothills MD councillors voted last week to fence off soccer fields near Heritage Pointe and look at options for other fields to prevent people from being able to drive on them.

On April 23 MD council approved putting up a fence around the soccer fields at the Lake at Heritage Pointe.

The move comes after recent where people driving trucks and ATV damaged soccer fields and baseball diamonds in a number of areas in the MD, including Cayley and Heritage Pointe and Blackie.

Jeff Porter, MD agricultural fieldman, said the fence is necessary to protect the Heritage Pointe field from further damage.

“We can’t allow that kind of damage to be happening to that facility,” he said. “It hasn’t really been open for use yet and already there’s damage occurring.”

Porter estimated the fence will cost about $17,000 to put up and said construction on the fences will be done in about three weeks.

An access road to the site already has a fence on it, but the field is not fenced.

Soon after receiving a report about the Cayley incident, Porter saw the suspect driving his truck down Cayley Road and was able to pull the driver over.

Porter estimated the damage at Cayley to be around $1,500.

The MD has referred the incident at the Cayley field to the RCMP for investigation and it is seeking charges in the matter.

“The municipality has asked for as many charges and levies against the individuals responsible as possible,” he said.

He said a temporary fence was put up at the baseball diamond at the Cayley Park and the MD is discussing whether or not to put up more temporary fencing. In the meantime, the MD of Foothills put up cement blocks and a half–inch steel cable around the Cayley Park perimeter to prevent access for trucks and ATVs.

Porter couldn’t say whether the MD will seek restitution and the investigation now has to be allowed to run its course.

High River RCMP Staff Sgt. Ian Shardlow said the incident is under investigation, but wasn’t certain if charges would be laid. Even if there were no charges, he said the MD could still pursue the case in civil court.


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