The city’s new building at Haselton Wright Park off Riverview Parkway North should be ready by the second half of June after weather has delayed demolition of the old building. Meanwhile, extremely windy conditions knocked down one of the light poles there.
“The wind knocked it over,” said Parks Director James Korpela of the light pole on Field One. The pole, which was at least 40 years old, was the only one that had significant damage.
The city will file an insurance claim, Korpela said, and his office is obtaining cost estimates for both a new pole and the lighting that will be put on top of it.
Korpela said the cost estimate to replace the pole is “in the thousands.”
Hopefully the replacement will be done before the softball season starts in three weeks, Korpela said.
What won’t be ready at the start of the season will be the new building there. The city is having the old building, which dates back to at least the 1960s, torn down and a new building put up in basically the same location with a similar footprint.
The initial goal was to have it ready for the season, but the weather has delayed that plan. Now, the city is aiming to have it ready by “mid- to late June,” Korpela said.
It’s a six- to eight-week project that will likely begin with demolition by the end of April.
During the work, the storage on site will be relocated to the garage at Franklyn’s Field. In addition to the portable toilets the softball leagues already provide at Field Two, the city will have them during the project at Field One.
The project cost will be $124,262, which is being covered by a $43,262 grant from The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and a large part of a $100,000 grant from the state Dormitory Authority, of which some went to related architectural work. RBCI of Rome is the contractor for the project, with building design by PHZ Architects.