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Equipment to be replaced after lead-paint reports

Spurred by news reports about lead paint on playground equipment, city Parks Director Ross Ferlita said Thursday that officials would replace 149 items at parks throughout the city.

The equipment containing lead paint, some of which has already been removed, was found at 64 different parks.

City officials hired a consultant to test swing sets and monkey bars after recent reports on WTVT-Ch. 13 suggested that children could become sick if they eat chips of lead paint.

Ferlita estimated that it should cost no more than $150,000 to replace all the equipment. He expects the job to be complete within two years.

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