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FALK: ‘It Takes A Village Moment’ Inspires Candidate Falk
LETTER from CINDY FALK

‘It Takes A Village Moment’
Inspires Candidate Falk

To the Editor:

Saturday I had one of those “It Takes a Village” moments.

I offered a ride to a friend to the vaccination clinic at the Clark Sports Center. Sitting with her in a folding chair on the gym floor, I remembered just how special our community is.

We have a teaching hospital right here in Cooperstown, we have an amazing recreational facility and, most important, we are blessed with people who care.

Our local community members helped spread the word about vaccine availability, assisted with online registration, provided rides, checked people in, gave shots, stood by in case of an emergency, and checked up on our friends and neighbors.

We live in a one-of-a-kind place that I am pleased to call home.

For the past nine years, I have been privileged to represent village residents on the Board of Trustees. This Tuesday, March 16, I will be running for my fourth term.

There is little hype about this election. My name and Hanna Joy Bergene’s will be the only ones on the ballot, and there are two open seats. There is no national election going on simultaneously and no COVID-induced change to the voting date as there was last year.

Honestly, it may seem like there is little reason to participate. But I am hopeful that in our remarkable village people still will make the effort to exercise their right to vote.

Polls are open noon – 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at the fire hall, and absentee-ballot applications and absentee ballots can be picked up by 4 p.m. Monday, March 15, at Village Hall, 22 Main St.

The pandemic has been difficult on all of us individually and collectively. The village government is no exception to that – the last year has been trying, and the coming months will be critical as we begin to creep forward into a post-pandemic world.

I encourage you to take part in the democratic process as we enter this next phase, and I would greatly appreciate your vote on Tuesday the 16th.

CINDY FALK
Trustee, Deputy Mayor
Cooperstown

Pioneer Returns To Parallel But Not All Residents Are Pleased

Pioneer Returns To Parallel But

Not All Residents Are Pleased

With a public hearing scheduled this evening on the proposed return to parallel parking on lower Pioneer St. in the village of Cooperstown, village resident Celia Oxley, a resident of Pioneer Street, spoke up this evening at the Board of Trustees meeting in support of the diagonal parking that the village had originally proposed near her house. Oxley is one of very few in the neighborhood who supported the diagonal parking layout. Oxley’s neighbors, Rick Hulse and Tony Casale both urged the board to return to parallel parking in front of their houses. Ultimately, Oxley’s testimonial was too little too late, as the trustees voted to restore parallel parking on Pioneer Street. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Trustees Seek Public Input On Pioneer Parking

Again, Trustees Seek Input

On Pioneer Street Parking

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Trustee Cindy Falk explains why she does not support the three-hour parking limit. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – Village residents will have to wait at least another month to see the Pioneer Street parking issue come to a close.

At their meeting tonight, village trustees set a public hearing for their September meeting on the proposed parking layout for the northernmost section of Pioneer Street. The layout, proposed by the street committee, returns the street to parallel parking, and would create two handicap accessible parking spaces on the northern end of the street closest to the lake.

The proposed layout would also turn what was originally all-day parking into three-hour spaces to accommodate park goers, as opposed to employees in the village looking for all-day parking.

Trustees To Review Pioneer Parking

Trustees May Shelve

Diagonal-Parking Idea

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The lower section of Pioneer Street, as seen during experience with diagonal parking. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Parking on lower Pioneer Street may soon be back to where it was.

The Village Board’s Street Committee this evening planned to recommend “return to parallel parking” after two months of heated debate over installing diagonal parking there.

A couple innovations in the proposed diagonal plan remain:  One, designating the northernmost spot for handicapped parking.  Two, reducing all-day parking to three-hour parking.

The village streets committee, chaired by Trustee Cindy Falk, met last Thursday and developed the new proposal.  The trustees meet at 6:30 p.m. at 22 Main.

UPDATE WILL BE POSTED AFTER THIS EVENING’S MEETING
Coop Trustees Can’t Decide On Pioneer Parking Issue

Trustees Can’t Decide

Pioneer Parking Issue

Pioneer Street neighbor Rick Hulse urges the Cooperstown Village Board to restore parallel parking on the northern section of Pioneer Street at this evening’s trustees’ meeting. The trustees decided in June to re-evaluate parking on the section of Pioneer Street closest to the lake, and conducted trial periods for two different parking schemes involving angled parking on the east side of the street at Lakefront Park. Residents living on the street immediately voiced displeasure, and reaffirmed their sentiments at the public hearing at tonight’s meeting. Ultimately, on a motion by Trustee Lou Allstadt, the board moved to approve Local Law #4, essentially returning the parking back to the original layout, but the motion did not pass with a 3-3 tied vote. Proposed Local Law #6, creating six new parking spaces with a mix of angled and parallel parking, saw the same fate with a 3-3 vote. The other issue facing the board this evening, a special use permit to turn The White House Inn, 46 Chestnut St., into a hotel, passed unanimously. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

Public Hearing Tonight For Pioneer Parking
2 PUBLIC HEARINGS TONIGHT

Trustees May Act On

Diagonal Parking, Hotel

Cars are currently parked diagonally along the northernmost section of Pioneer Street in front of Lakefront Park, Option 2 under consideration by the Village Board. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
The White House in, 26 Chestnut St., may be redesignated as a hotel this evening.

COOPERSTOWN – The Village Board will hold two public hearings at 7 tonight at 22 Main, and perhaps act on one or both of the plans under consideration, according to Trustee Cindy Falk:

  • Diagonal parking on lower Pioneer Street.

Option 3, which resulted from neighbors’ objections at last month’s meeting, would shift diagonal parking to the north. Under the previous plan, headlights would be shining into the livingroom of the Leist family at 5 Pioneer St.; Option 3  eliminates that.  It also creates three parallel-parking spaces across from the Leists, raising the number of parking places from 23 in Option 2 to 26 in Option 3  Or the trustees could go back to Option 1, the traditional all-parallel-parking scheme.

  • Redesignation the White House Inn, 46 Chestnut St., as a hotel.

Noise, Parking Spark Cooperstown Debate

Noise, Parking Spark

Cooperstown Debate

Cooperstown resident Tony Casale speaks up during this evening’s Village Board meeting. Casale was less than pleased with the board’s decision to conduct a parking trial on the lower portion of Pioneer Street, switching from parallel parking to diagonal parking, with no prior warning to the neighbors. Also discussed at the meeting was the petition created by Veronica Seaver, calling for stricter enforcement of the village noise ordinance laws in light of bands playing downtown. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
FULL STORY IN THIS WEEK’S FREEMAN’S JOURNAL
Landmark Inn Wedding Permit Pulled By Owner

Landmark Wedding Permit

Pulled By Owner

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – In an effort to increase their revenue stream, Robin and Fred Schneider, owners of the Landmark Inn on Chestnut St. in Cooperstown, applied for a special use permit to hold weddings at the Inn. Fred Schneider, pictured at right, was present at the April 23 Board of Trustees meeting to discuss the couple’s newly proposed wedding venue.

“We’re here today to petition our ability to have our special permit changed to allow a limited number of weddings in the backyard of the Landmark Inn,” said Schneider.

Cooperstown Trustees Pass Drone Ordinance

Cooperstown Trustees

Pass Drone Ordinance

Cooperstown resident Bill Waller, who has opposed the proposed drone law at every public hearing, expresses his concerns once more ahead of the Board of Trustees vote on the revised drone law. The law was tabled at the Trustee meeting in March to be revised by Village Attorney Martin Tillapaugh. The revised law was presented at this evening’s board meeting, and was ultimately passed, creating a permitting system for drone flight from Village property. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstown Trustees Table Drone Law

Cooperstown Board

Tables Drone Law

Drone owner Bill Waller, left, addresses the Cooperstown Village Board Monday, one of several speakers objecting to the proposed drone law that the board was scheduled to vote on later in the meeting. The drone law has become a hot topic in Cooperstown, with questions being raised as to what authority the village hold over the unmanned aircrafts, and what power is reserved for the federal government. Waller argued that the proposed regulations wouldn’t add anything beneficial to existing federal law, which is enforced by the FAA. With uncertainty still looming over the wording of some sections of the law, the board tabled the proposition to be revised before voting on it. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Ballots Open For Cooperstown Trustee Race

Polls Open For Cooperstown Trustee Race

Cooperstown resident Walter Franck casts his vote in the 2018 village elections. Ellen Tillapaugh is running unopposed for mayor, but Democratic incumbents Cindy Falk and Jim Dean are running against Republican Fred Schneider for two seats on the Village Board of Trustees. Polls opened at noon at the firehall, and will be open until 9 pm. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Many Gather, Few Speak Up In Trustee Debate

Many Gather, Few Speak Up

In Village Trustee Debate

With two Cooperstown Village Trustee seats up for election, candidate Fred Schneider and incumbents Cindy Falk and James Dean discussed on various topics in a debate organized by the Otsego County League of Women Voters. The event was scheduled to go until 9pm but village residents in attendance only had a few questions to ask the candidates ahead of the Mar. 20 election. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Public Hearing Set For Cooperstown Drone Law

Public Hearing Set

For Cooperstown Drone Law

Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz addresses the Cooperstown Board of Trustees in regards to his proposed drone law, which would restrict where people could take off and land unmanned aircrafts within village limits. A public hearing for the proposed law will be held on March 26, at 7pm in Village Hall. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Drone Law In The Works For Cooperstown

Drone Law In Works

For Cooperstown

Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting brought about an announcement from Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, pictured above, that he was looking into regulations for flying drones within village limits. According to Katz, the law would bring about a $250 fine for violating the law. Board member Richard Sternberg challenged that the law should carry a heavier fine of $500, but the maximum fine allowed by the state is only $250. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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