COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Hospital’s proposal to build housing for its employees on Averill Road, on property owned by the Templeton Foundation, was the subject of a public hearing before Cooperstown’s Board of Trustees on January 5. That hearing was in conjunction with the board voting on whether a special permit to allow the construction should be granted and, if granted, under what conditions or limitations.
The hearing had attracted interest and was well attended.
At the outset, Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh set the ground rules for the hearing. After the Bassett representatives explained the project, each participant was allowed five minutes to comment.
The Cooperstown Fire Department announced Tuesday, June 29, that it has received a donation to honor the memory of Fred Kerr.
The donation will go to the purchase of an extractor washer/dryer for cleaning turnout gear and lowering the risk of cancers in volunteers.
Kerr served as fire chief in Bristol, Ohio, in the 1980s. He loved Cooperstown and his family had a cottage on Otsego Lake for more than a century, his widow Carol Kerr said in the media release.
The donation came from the D Squared Fondation.
Village to hold hearing about 20 Glen Avenue
The Cooperstown Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m., Monday, July 26, at Village Hall, about subdividing and issuing a special-use permit to the owners of 20 Glen Avenue.
The Town of Hartwick will hold its 2021 Clean Sweep event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Hartwick Town Hall, at 103 Town Drive in the hamlet of Hartwick. The event is part of Hartwick Appreciation Day.
Residents will be able to dispose of their old house furniture, scrap metal and yard trash. the first load of trash will be $20 with additional loads being $10.
Call Town Clerk Andrea Vazquez at 607-293-8123 to make arrangements. Pickups are for Hartwick residents only with proof of residency required.
Hearing scheduled on apartments
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Cooperstown will have a public hearing at 7 p.m., Monday, May 24, at 22 Main St.to discuss a proposed special use permit for a 13 unit multi-family residence at 10 Chestnut St.
The plans for the project are on file in the village office and can be viewed Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public comments can also be provided by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COOPERSTOWN – In an effort to help businesses and bring shoppers back downtown, the Cooperstown Village Board has declared June 1 through Oct. 12 as a Special Event, dubbed “Cooperstown Outdoors,” during their meeting this evening.
Business owners in the Commercial District – Main Street – will be allowed to apply for a permit to hold sidewalk sales.
“By establishing a special event, we can allow for vending in certain locations,” said Cindy Falk, Village Trustee. “A lot of our shops are in smaller spaces, so it may be advantageous to them to be able to sell on the sidewalk.”
COOPERSTOWN –Two weeks after high school boys allegedly attacked another student and shouted homophobic slurs, the Cooperstown Board of Trustees voted in its meeting this morning “unanimously and loudly” to strengthen a 2016 proclamation that the village welcomes people of all backgrounds and does not tolerate acts of bigotry.
“I think it’s important to reiterate how much we in Cooperstown deplore racist and homophobic behavior,” said Richard Sternberg, one of the Trustees who spearheaded the action and vote. “I found it very heartening we did this.”
To the Editor:
Twenty-four years ago, my husband and I were deciding where to settle to pursue our careers and raise a family, and in our search we found Cooperstown.
This beautiful village, situated equidistant from my hometown of Rochester and John’s hometown of Worcester, Mass., felt like the perfect place to call home. We chose well – Cooperstown has indeed been a wonderful community to be a part of.
Through the years, I have been active in the community, volunteering my time and energy to many different local organizations, including the PTA, OCCA, and the Cooperstown Food Pantry. I have also served on several different village committees, including the Pedestrian Safety Committee, the Environmental Sustainability Committee, and most recently the Parks Board.
Last year, when Ellen Tillapaugh was elected Cooperstown’s mayor, she appointed me to fill her open trustee position. I accepted the position while wondering how my experience as a hospice triage nurse would transfer to the Village Board. I discovered that many of my professional skills have been helpful.
In my professional life much of what I do is listen, assess, prioritize, and problem solve. I believe my ability to do these things well has proved useful in my role as trustee.
During the past year, I served as Parks Board chair. In this capacity I helped develop plans for several upcoming improvements to Pioneer Park. With support from Friends of the Parks, Fairy Spring Park saw many improvements in 2018, including a new waterfront platform, upgraded retaining wall, and a new staircase.
As Parks Board chair, my continued priority will be making our parks more accessible and inviting to everyone.
If elected to a three-year term as village trustee I will continue to listen, and will work to ensure our village remains a vibrant, sustainable community into the future. I hope you will vote on March 19 at the Cooperstown Fire Hall. Thank you for your support!
So many people have now been looking at getting a cell tower installed near their home. It can certainly help whoever owns the land (or home) that the cell tower is on, as they can get something back from it. If you have a cell tower on your land then you can just check out this cell tower lease for more information on what you would be getting. For starters, better signal is good thing, but so is being paid for it. If you don’t mind having it on your land, then there’s nothing wrong with signing a lease for it.
Although the village does not currently seem keen on building a cell tower on the top of the roof od 103 Main St., the Key Bank Building, perhaps they might see all the benefits that this could bring. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens though. The villagers might change their minds, but obviously this is a big decision for them and it’s one that must be thought about carefully. There’s no point rushing into something like this.