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Olean Planning Board tables soccer field proposal

OLEAN – A controversial youth soccer field proposed for al Grossman Avenue, a residential dead-end street, was debated again Monday night by members of the Olean City Planning Board.

In the end, the board tabled the issue for further study.

The Olean Soccer Club is proposing the project as a safety issue. Because of heavy traffic, the organization’s current facility on Spring Street near East View Elementary School is viewed as a safety hazard for younger players, who might chase a soccer ball into traffic.

“The issue here is the special-use permit for the parking lot,” board President Tom Barnes said. “We postponed our vote two weeks ago to investigate claims of soil contamination. After consultation from the Olean city attorney, we have been told that it is not our scope to make a determination based on soil condition and location of adjacent contamination.”

The Planning Board, according to Barnes, is established simply to make sure the applicant projects meet the municipal plans.

During the planners’ last meeting, on June 23, the site of the proposed soccer field was called an oil field Superfund site. However, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said the property is not a Superfund site, Barnes told the gathering.

The proposition for the soccer organization to build a parking lot for the proposed soccer fields was tabled unanimously. Planners will resume discussing the issue when they meet next on July 28.

On another issue, the board unanimously approved plans for a small addition to St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church. Plans call for an addition that will house an elevator servicing three levels at the church.

With the church’s aging population, the elevator also will allow a greater accessibility to the Fellowship Hall, church offices and the sanctuary.

The board action followed a public hearing.

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