Little league fields stalled

Rotterdam baseball club upset about delay, coffers dwindling away

— The associated fees totaled around $124,000, according to Buffardi, which he said would have to be made up by other taxpayers.

“I quite frankly did not buy into that deal,” he said. “I kind of thought that might nix the deal. It did not, negotiations continued on.”

The original plan called for a sewage pump station for the apartment project to be built at the site of the current fields. This would pump sewage downhill and the developer would maintain the site. Buffardi said sewage pumping is needed because the project isn’t eligible for a septic tank.

Developers now want to move the pump station off the property and onto town-owned land, which the town would maintain. If this was pursued, the project would go back before the town Planning Commission.

Buffardi said he talked to some planning members and they were “not real favorable” to having the pump station at the bottom of a hill and publicly owned.

Richard Larmour, a Schenectady resident, said for decades the Little League has used donated land, but for the past five years the organization knew it was going to lose the area.

Larmour also said other local baseball complexes wouldn’t be able to house the league.

“The Woestina fields, the complex isn’t large enough for what needs to be done,” he said. “The Carman complex is also not large enough to incorporate adding Rotterdam Little League with it … it wouldn’t work out.”

In October 2010, County officials said the site plan for the new facility includes three baseball fields, a pair of dugouts and bleachers for each field, a central concession and restroom building, a plaza area with some landscaping and a parking lot with 120 spaces.

Buffardi remained confident a deal could be reached.

“I see no reason to panic at this point,” he said. “I hope that gives some assurance.”

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