By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
• The village has received $89,000 from the federal government as part of the corona-virus relief package. Tillapaugh said it is much less than she anticipated or the village lost in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and shutdown. The assignments were based on population, a formula that did not favor Cooperstown, she said. The village will receive a similar amount in 2022 as part of the package.
• The trustees unanimously approved a special-use permit for a multi-unit dwelling at 20 Glen Ave. No one spoke about the matter in the public hearing.
• The trustees also unanimously approved a small wording change to a vending law dealing with benches. However, the small change led to Trustee Richard Sternberg asking for more substantial changes, necessitating a new public hearing.
• The trustees heard about a Department of Transportation culvert replacement on State Route 80, which will close the road on the western side of the lake in either 2023 or 2024. According to DOT materials, drivers would be detoured to State Routes 28 and 20. The construction would not take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day Comments on the plan can be emailed to Drew.Newby@dot.ny.gov or sent to Region 9 Design, 44 Hawley St., Binghamton, NY 13901. Newby, the project manager, can also be reached at 607-721-8631.
• The trustees unanimously voted to make Tuesday, Sept. 7, and Wednesday, Sept. 8, a special event that allows parking on private property. The Hall of Fame Induction will take place at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 8, at The Clark Sports Center, in the town of Middlefield, just outside of the village.
• The board had a lengthy conversation about boat slips, but ultimately took no action on the idea of a boating-rental business using village slips. Tillapaugh pushed the board for a resolution, but ultimately settled for a consensus that it did not want to take action. However, some trustees expressed dismay that one person could rent more than one boat slip.
Tillapaugh explained that the boat slips are hot properties and very few turn over each year. She said the village does have a policy that slips cannot be gifted or subleased. She said there is a line at Village Hall on the first Monday in March starting at 5 a.m., with people wanting to get on the list for an open slip. This year’s list grew to be almost four pages, she said. Village Clerk Jenna Utter said about 10 people got new spots from the list this year.
• The Cooperstown Fire Department has collected $6,300 toward the cost of the July 5 fireworks. The deficit is $2,300 amd the department is still collecting donations.
• Tillapaugh said the village got a complaint about chickens roaming around an apartment complex. She said the village has no laws against owning chickens and she refered the complaint to the apartment complex’s landlord.