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City Will Hear Public Comment On Mask Law

Public Hearing Tonight

On City Mask Ordinance

ONEONTA – A public hearing on the city’s new mask law will be heard as part of tonight’s Common Council meeting at 7 p.m. over Zoom.

The ordinance, which codifies the state’s public health law, would require masks to be worn whenever social distancing can not be maintained, including during large gatherings in private homes. It passed Common Council 5-2, with one abstention.

Inputs Brisk, Positive On Village’s Sign Law

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Inputs Brisk, Positive

On Village’s Sign Law

Mayor: Bassett, HoF Among Supporters

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mayor Tillapaugh

COOPERSTOWN – The Village Board has received 19 emails or letters supporting the law that will require mandatory masks in the downtown, Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch said a few minutes ago.

The law goes to public hearing at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Monday) in the Village Hall’s second-floor ballroom.

Those 19 (representing 23 people) expressed “strong support” for the mandate, including one from Bassett Hospital, signed by President Bill LeCates, and the Hall of Fame, signed by Tim Mead, president, and Jane Forbes Clark, board chairman.

Two businesspeople wrote to oppose the law, she said.

Village Board Meeting, Not Virtually, In-Person

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Village Board Meeting,

Not Virtually, In-Person

Robert Nelson, Fair Street, left, waits to voice his concern about boats with trailers eating up parking on weekends as the first in-person Cooperstown Village Board meeting since March gets underway this evening in the third-floor ballroom at 22 Main.  Trustees and members of the public – there were four – were spaced to meet the 6-foot social distancing recommendation.  Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch agreed with Nelson that the COVID-19 threat has increased boaters’ usage of Otsego Lake, and the boat launching area on Fish Road.  She said the village’s parking officer will be advised to be vigilant.  At this hour, the trustees are discussing the law that would make mask-wearing mandatory downtown.  The area covered is being expanded on Main Street from Fair to Chestnut to River Street to Pine Boulevard; the Pioneer Street section remains at Church to Lake.  The mayor announced the Village Board will hold a public hearing on Aug. 10 for comment on the law.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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