OLEAN – The Olean Local Development Corporation took the final step Thursday to sever ties with the Olean Oilers New York Collegiate baseball team, but it continued to move forward with renovations at Bradner Stadium.
Board members of the Development Corporation moved all of the money that was in the account for the Olean Oilers into a new account to help pay the corporation’s bills, leaving the corporation with a balance of about $675.
Despite the Oilers leaving the organization, plans to complete renovation of historic Bradner Stadium are still ongoing, according to City Works Director Tom Windus. As the weather clears up, grass will be planted, and fencing will be going in to make the field complete.
Plans are also starting for a second Bradner Bash fundraiser in the stadium and War Vets Park. The event is tentatively set for May 30, the weekend leading up to the opener for both the Olean Oilers and the Southern Tier Diesel amateur football team. The first year of the fundraiser brought in nearly $5,000. That amount was split, with half going to the development corporation and a quarter each to Diesel and Oilers.
The Olean Local Development Corporation will next meet at 9 a.m. Feb. 13, in Room 119 of the Olean Municipal Building, 101 West State St.