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April 4, 2013

Doubleday Field repairs to keep teams out in April

Roof, wood beams to be repaired

Teams that wanted to play on Doubleday Field are out, at least for April and possibly longer.

Work is under way on fixing the roofing on the stadium, but there will be more work than anticipated after workers removing the shingles revealed that the field-side wood beams underneath also need to be replaced.

The stadium is already closed for rentals in April, and may need an extra few days of work in May, according to Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz.

“That’s my hope,” Katz said. “My gut says we will get it done on time.”

The original plan was to replace the shingles on the roof and some of the wood. However, once the shingles came off, it was clear that the wood beams underneath had rotted and more of them needed to be replaced.

The parking lot side of the wood is in good shape and did not need repairs, according to village officials.

Katz said the original bid for the work, which is being done by Mid-State Industries Ltd. of Schenectady, called for replacing 20 percent of the beams, so replacing all the beams on that side should not add much in either cost or time.

“We aren’t talking about going from 20 percent to 100 percent,” he said. “It is just 100 percent of the one section. That’s about a third of the total area. So really we are just talking about another 12 or 13 percent.

“I wouldn’t think it would take that much longer,” he continued. “We are not talking about another month. The guys are already here up on the roof doing the work. We’re just talking about getting the extra wood and taking a little longer.”

According to Katz, the money for the repairs will come out of the reserve fund. He added that he did not think the field being closed in April would affect revenues, which are tied to the 2012-13 budget and had been accounted for in last year’s projections.

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