Hartwick to hold Clean Sweep
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.
LETTER from CHIP NORTHRUP
To the Editor:
A new apartment building has been proposed at 10 Chestnut between Main and Lake. Simple Integrity proposed much the same thing two years ago. I was the only person at the hearing that spoke in favor of it—on the simple premise that what they proposed was clearly an improvement on what’s there now—a dilapidated building.
The first and foremost utilitarian test on the redevelopment of property in the village should be that if it’s better than what it replaces, the village should look favorably on it—because if the application is denied, what’s there now will remain a useless hole in the tax rolls. There is no practical mechanism in the village to tear down derelict structures, so the village has a lifetime supply of neglected buildings that will remain neglected until someone proposes to remodel or replace them with something better. When that happens, the trustees should work with the proponent on the proposal— provided it’s allowed within the zoning ordinance—since the alternative is for the buildings to remain eyesores.