“Mostly in April, the field tends to be used by civic groups, Pony leagues and the high school, and they don’t pay, anyway, if they are from Cooperstown,” he said. “If they are from out of the village they do pay, but those rentals have dropped off as budgets have become tighter.”
Cooperstown normally plays its varsity games at Doubleday Field, but will play its early-season games at the high school instead, according to CCS baseball coach Frank Miosek. Cooperstown has three home games scheduled in April, and two more during the first week of May. The team’s first home game is on April 15 against Mount Markham.
Katz said he regrets the change in venue for the high school team, but didn’t think it was wise to delay the repairs.
“It kind of stinks for them. I understand that,” he said. “In a way, it is like the Walnut Street project. It is always going to affect somebody. One path is to never get things done. I hate to inconvenience everybody, but it is long overdue.
“One of the things we have learned once we got the shingles off, is it looks like that is the original wood. So you are talking about wood that is 70 years old,” he said.
The stadium grandstands at Doubleday Field were built in 1938-1939. A survey of needed repairs also indicated that several steel beams are rusted and need to be replaced. However, Katz said, that money was not in the budget to do those repairs this year.
“The original bid came in at more than $300,000, and there was only about $140,000 in the Doubleday Field fund,” Katz said. “It would be a fairly substantive structural repair. We’ll have to refer it back to the engineer while we figure out the money part of it.”