Merchants Urged: Stay Open Until 8:30
In collaboration with the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, stores will be encouraged to stay open until 8:30, and “Music on Main” performances will be scheduled on Fridays to help draw people downtown.
The idea came out of a meeting last week between Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, Deputy Mayor Cindy Falk, new Chamber President Jess Lanza and Chamber Executive Tara Burke.
The village may be giving up $500 in weekly revenue, Falk reported in response to a question. She said the July 3 Friday generate that much, a record this year.
The record revenue generated so far by the lot was $1,000, on the Fourth of July itself. In recent years, paid parking has generated $400,000 a year for village coffers.