The City of Waterville Public Works Department would like to send a word of caution to our residents who place portable basketball hoops or other objects in the City right-of-way. These items do not belong in the roadways and in fact impose a certain level of liability on residents who place them there. Should someone accidentally hit one of these obstructions with a vehicle or suddenly have to swerve to avoid hitting the obstruction causing them to hit something else the owner of the obstruction may be held liable for any damages caused to the vehicle or other property. This becomes even more of a problem at night when things such as basketball hoops are left in the roadway because they are not reflective and become very difficult to see.