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Basketball hoops and snow plows don't mix

Cape Elizabeth Public Works would like to remind residents to remove portable basketball hoops from the edge of the roadway during the winter season.

Hoops need to be well away from roadside, 10 feet or more, to avoid damage to plowing equipment and to the hoops themselves, said Public Works Director Robert Malley.

According to Malley, the heavy-steel rims are about the same height as the mirrors and warning lights of the town snowplows and can do substantial damage. In turn, the hoops can also be damaged by the plows.

Public Works is not responsible for damage to basketball hoops left in the town right-of-way, nor does the town wish to see this equipment damaged, Malley said.