“We see a line of men, waiting in Pioneer Park,” said Larry Bennett, Ommegang’s creative director, as he outlined his vision for a commercial before the Village Board this evening. “What are they waiting for? The camera pans up to Santa’s cottage, and Mrs. Claus welcomes him inside. He goes to Santa, Santa opens his ‘Nice or Naughty’ book, and then hands him a bottle of Three Philosophers.”
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.”
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.
COOPERSTOWN – 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.
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.
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.