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Baseball players, you may want to get out the borax.
At their July 22 meeting, Huntsville councillors voted in favour of spending about $26,000 more in order to upgrade the infields at the McCulley-Robertson ball diamonds. They opted to go with a crushed brick mix surface, referred to as the Muskoka mix, the highest standard of the three options considered.
Cindy Summerfeldt Madeley of Hutcheson Sand and Gravel, the company that will be providing the infield mix, told council that Hutcheson’s Muskoka mix is very similar to Mar-Co Clay, the Washington ball mix.
“Our Muskoka mix is essentially the same material,” she said, adding that it’s made of crushed brick, raw clay, and sand. “The only difference would be we have granite sand, there down in the south they would have limestone sand.”
Council’s options were to use a standard mix, which would have provided the softest footing, a granite light mix, or the Muskoka mix.
“The Muskoka mix is not going to be a huge difference in maintenance from the granite light. They will be a little more than the standard mix,” she said. “The only negative thing I ever hear about Muskoka mix is it stains you, nobody likes the red colour. So, other than that I don’t think you’re ever going to please everyone… but I think you’re going to find that you’ll be very happy with either.”
The contract for the ball diamond improvements calls for a standard mix, but Huntsville Deputy Mayor Karin Terziano put a motion on the table asking council to consider an upgrade.
“I’m quite happy to go up to the $22,000 upgrade or to the $26,000, there’s a $4,000 difference to go to the red clay, brick mix, which is the highest level versus $22,000 to go to the mid-level. So I don’t know how the rest of council feels. I’m quite happy recommending either one,” she said.
Council heard that the project is currently about $270,000 under budget. The original budget set aside for the improvements was $1,492,000, while the tender is sitting at $1,222,000.
In the end, council voted in favour of the higher-end mix.
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