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Laconia to drill wells for sake of baseball field

Union Leader Correspondent

July 16. 2017 11:25PM
A drilling rig was set up Thursday in Laconia to install a well to provide water to the Robbie Mills Field Sports Complex, home to the Winnipesaukee Muskrats baseball team. (Bea Lewis/Union Leader Correspondent)

LACONIA — The city is going in the hole for the local amateur baseball league.

After water woes left the Robbie Mills Field Sports Complex high and dry, the city tapped a contingency account to drill wells.

Work began Thursday and will provide the needed water so temporary portable toilets can be removed.

The Winnipesaukee Muskrats, who play in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, have called Robbie Mills Field their home ballpark since 2010.

Built on state-owned land the city enjoys a low cost, long-term lease.

This summer, an aging water main extending through the adjacent Laconia State School property broke, leaving the park without needed water to irrigate the field, use flush toilets or operate concessions.

Gilford Well provided the city with an estimate of $47,000 to install two wells and related infrastructure.

City Manager Scott Myers told the City Council installing a water line from the field to a water main on Route 106 would have cost $97,000.

A crew from Gilford Well set up a drill rig at the site on Thursday.

While frequent rain has helped the grounds crew keep the field green, the temporary full-service bathhouse with porta-potties did not help the ball club with its efforts to attract more fans.

The New England Collegiate Baseball League season wraps up next month.

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