Tom Reid, commissioner of Elma, Marilla and Wales Baseball, told Elma Town Board members last week that the organization has money set aside to install batting cages at Creek Road Park.
Reid noted that the organization’s traveling teams have had to rent outdoor cages. The money previously used on the rentals, in addition to $1,500 to $2,000 on hand, would be used to purchase two to four cages, he added.
Board members welcomed Reid’s offer. Councilman Michael Nolan noted “taxpayers’ money could not be used for the batting cages.”
Board members, who had entertained a request for the cages from parents of players during a meeting in February, said then that the razing of a building used for storage and restrooms took precedence.
Town Supervisor Dennis Powers agreed then that the building that housed restrooms is falling down and needs to be demolished. The restrooms have been replaced with portable toilets.
“The power source for the park is also in that building and will have to be relocated, most likely to the other side of the park road, where all the power needs are by the concession stand,” said Powers, who noted that money has been budgeted for the work.
The board discussed a possible replacement building – a pole barn-type structure that could be used for equipment storage for all teams.
Reid said that last summer, the league fielded two 16-player “Dream Teams” for disabled children, and this year “we have enough kids signed up for two more teams.”
Also, the program for senior boys will field three teams and senior girls, four teams.
In other matters:
• John Warchocki of New Bullis Road said he is concerned about the parking of more than 100 recreational vehicles at 90 New Bullis Road, a site owned by Young Development, which is seeking a temporary-use permit from the town. Warchocki said Young’s promise to plant trees to block the view is inadequate. He was advised to attend the next meeting of the Planning Board, which could impose restrictions on the permit, which must be approved by the Town Board.
• Elma Library trustees Jay Ricketts and David Engberg solicited support for a library district referendum initiative that would cede budgetary responsibility to the Central Library and establish an advisory role for the local library’s trustees. The proposal is viewed as an attempt to stabilize library funding and keep the library open.