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Cooperstown Village Board

Village Trustees Continue Talk of Tourist Accommodations

Mayor Foresees Fewer

Tourist-Housing Options

Village Trustees Jim Dean and Cindy Falk discuss the impacts of the proposed sunset clause in the new tourist accommodation laws. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – With the deadline for tourist-accommodation permits nearing and a moratorium in its fifth month, Mayor Jeff Katz updated the Village Board, saying he foresees tighter regulations on housing for visitors to the village.

“Clearly, the future is going to be where tourist accommodations in the village are harder to come by,” said Katz. “We’re not saying you can’t have tourist accommodations, but we’re working on bolstering the definition of owner, occupancy and owner-occupancy.”

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Trustees Put The Top On Sandwich Board Debate

Trustees Put Top On

Sandwich Board Issue

Cooperstown Merchants Get Promotional Tool
“If sandwich boards will help Vinny sell one more hotdog, it’s alright with me,” resident Chip Northrup tells the Village Board. Listening are Trustees Lou Allstadt, left, and Bruce Maxson. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to AllOTSEGO.com

Roger McMillan said, “Cooperstown is not like Saratoga, with sidewalks so big you can drive a truck down them and not hit anyone.”

COOPERSTOWN – In a unanimous vote, Village Trustees voted to once again allow sandwich boards on Main Street during a special meeting earlier this evening.

“I was a survivor of the sandwich board wars years ago,” said Village Trustee Ellen Tillapaugh. “So much of it was jockeying for space. But this law is better, and it’s important that, in our short season, businesses be able to get as many customers in the door as possible.”

In June, a law allowing sandwich boards was struck down by the board, but merchants spoke up, sending letters and appearing at public hearings.

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Cooperstown Trustee Sworn In

Cooperstown Trustee Sworn In

Cooperstown Trustee Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch was sworn in today for another term on the Village Board by Village Administrator Teri Barown. Mayor Jeff Katz holds the Bible. Tillapaugh and Lou Allstadt, who was unable to attend today, were reelected in the March 21 village elections. (Jim Dean photo)
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Wounded Warrior Moves To Town

Wounded Warrior Moves To Town

Nick Clark, a member of the Wounded Warrior Softball Team, introduces himself to the Cooperstown Village Board this evening and reports he is moving his family to the village. Clark was introduced to Cooperstown when the WWAST team played at Doubleday Field in the past, and he plans to play on the team when it’s here again on May 28,this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.   (The team will also play at Oneonta’s Damaschke Field during the visit.)  Behind Clark is Becky Davidson, an organizer of the local WWAST appearance. County Treasurer Dan Crowell, right, was in the audience. At left are Trustees Jim Dean, foreground, and Bruce Maxson. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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4-Hour Parking Rejected On Chestnut, Lower Main

4-Hour Parking Rejected

On Chestnut, Upper Main

Restaurateur Brian Wrubleski, right, proprietor of Mel’s At 22, speaks against raising parking limits on upper Main Street and Chestnut (between Main and Lake) from two to four hours at this evening’s meeting of the Cooperstown Village Board. On average, tables turn over every hour and a half, and the higher limit would lock up parking spaces his customers might otherwise use, Wrubleski said. The village trustees then unanimously rejected the local law that would have increased the limit.   From left are Trustee Cindy Falk, Mayor Jeff Katz, Village Administrator Teri Barown, and Trustees Richard Sternberg, Lou Allstadt and Bruce Maxon.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Trustees At Governor’s Mansion As Cuomo Fetes Piazza Elevation

Trustees At Governor’s Mansion

As Cuomo Fetes Piazza Elevation

Cooperstown Village Board members were at the Governor's Mansion in Albany today as Andrew Cuomo hosted a reception for former Met Mike Piazza, who will be entering the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 24.  From left are Trustees Jim Dean, Richard Sternberg and Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, Mayor Jeff Katz and Trustee Bruce Maxson.  Piazza was at the Hall of Fame yesterday for his pre-Induction orientation.  (Richard Abbate photo)
Cooperstown Village Board members posed with a portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt today at the Governor’s Mansion in Albany today as Andrew Cuomo hosted a reception for former Met Mike Piazza, who will be entering the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 24. From left are Trustees Jim Dean, Richard Sternberg and Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, Mayor Jeff Katz and Trustee Bruce Maxson. Piazza was at the Hall of Fame yesterday for his pre-Induction orientation. (Richard Abbate photo)
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Village Trustees Throw Out 26 Uncleared-Sidewalk Fines

Village Trustees Throw  Out

26 Uncleared-Sidewalk Fines

snowflakes_PNG7545COOPERSTOWN – After receiving five letters of complaints from homeowners fined $108 each in January because they failed to clear an inch of snow from their sidewalks, the Village Board this evening “cancelled” their fines.

The trustees also “gave amnesty” to the other 21 homeowners fined after that snowfall.  It was unclear how many may have paid their fines and whether they would not get the money back.

Mayor Jeff Katz sent the matter to the Streets Committee, chaired by Trustee Cindy Falk, to determine whether changes need to be made in the law of village policies as a result of the complaints.

FULL DETAILS IN THIS WEEK’S FREEMAN’S JOURNAL
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Katz To Name Retired Doctor To Vacant Village Board Seat

Katz To Name Retired Doctor

To Vacant Village Board Seat

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg

COOPERSTOWN  – Mayor Jeff Katz said this morning he plans to name Richard Sternberg, the recently retired Bassett Hospital orthopedic physician, to the Village Board vacancy created by the resignation of Joan Nicols.

Rich currently serves on the Village of Cooperstown Planning Board and  ran for Town of Otsego Town Board in November.  “His strong showing within the village was important to me as I thought about who to pick for Joan’s spot,” said the mayor.

He plans to swear in Sternberg at the start of the trustees’ December meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. Click here to review the questionnaire Sternberg responded to when running for town board.

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Mayor Katz Prepares To Name Trustee Joan Nicols’ Successor

Mayor Katz Prepares To Name

Trustee Joan Nicols’ Successor

Trustee Joan Nicols and her husband Hank at her swearing-in on April 1, 2013. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
Trustee Joan Nicols and her husband Hank at her swearing-in on April 1, 2013. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN –  Expressing appreciation for Village Trustee Joan Nicols’ contribution, Mayor Jeff Katz said today he will seek to appoint her successor before deliberations begin in early January on the 2016-17 village budget.

Mrs. Nicols, who resigned Monday, said her husband, Hank, the former village police chief and Democratic county chairman, will be recuperating from a rotator-cuff operation over the next few months in a warmer climate, so she would have been unable to fulfill her trustee role.  Her term would have ended March 31.

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