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District auctions poles previously installed at Estancia High School baseball diamond

District auctions poles previously installed at Estancia High School baseball diamond
Poles used at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa to hold netting in place were sold at an auction in February by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. The poles were installed in August 2016 but removed after homeowners near the school complained about them spoiling views. (File Photo)

Sixteen, 20-foot poles previously installed at Estancia High School as part of a netting structure to help prevent foul balls from hitting nearby homes were auctioned off in February, according to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Officials did not respond to requests from the Daily Pilot regarding how much the poles fetched, but Newport-Mesa spokeswoman Annette Franco said the school district did not recover the purchase price.

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Franco instead underscored the district's willingness to listen to neighbors who wanted the structures removed.

Newport-Mesa installed the poles in August 2016 along the first- and third-base sides, but nearby homeowners on Joann Street quickly raised concerns, which led the district to remove them within the same month.

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The $640,000 project was then decommissioned. District officials had said materials would be re-purposed at other sites.

Some residents had said the poles would negatively affect their backyard views and property values at community meetings with district officials.

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