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sandwich boards ok’d

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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