Basketball league scores approval

GLOVERSVILLE – After a lengthy discussion and a number of amendments to the contract, the Common Council decided to allow city resident Harley Fuller to expand and continue his adult basketball league this year at Darling Field.

The basketball courts at Darling Field were previously owned by the Gloversville Enlarged School District, with the rest of the area owned by the city. Fuller previously attended several meetings and eventually got renovations approved for the court, which included seal coating, lining the courts and new rims.

However, the school district recently turned over its sections of Darling Field to the city.

Last year, Fuller implemented the Upstate Elite Summer League, which had more than 50 players ranging from 20 to 46 years old. This year, he is looking to host 64 players ranging from 19 to 49 years old.

The city decided to charge Fuller $350 to use the courts three nights a week. City Attorney Anthony Casale said the original trade-in services could no longer be used, due to the league only being intended for adults in the community and not children.

According to the contract, he will have exclusive access to the courts each Monday, Thursday and Sunday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. He also is permitted to pick up and clean the premises immediately after the conclusion of the games.

The cleanup time was debated after city officials said local law prohibits residents from being in city parks after 9 p.m.

However, Fuller said his games would push that deadline and he wouldn’t be able to clean up until the next day if that wasn’t altered.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said he wouldn’t see any problem with Fuller staying after park hours to pick up after events.

Fuller also had to agree to a contract on a year-to-year basis rather than the original long-term contract.

The league is fully insured and features an electronic scoreboard and certified officials.

The league is set to run from Monday through Aug. 1.