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.
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.
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)
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.
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.