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Citizens, Go To Monday’s Public Hearing, Ask Board To Delay Zoning Code Vote

AllOTSEGO.com MINI-EDITORIAL

Citizens, Go To Monday’s

Public Hearing, Ask Board

To Delay Zoning-Code Vote

Ted Spencer raises concerns in June on behalf of the Pine Boulevard neighbors about an apartment complex proposed in the neighborhood. The public hearing on a new zoning code that may allow such intrusions is scheduled for tomorrow evening — 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at 22 Main. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

The Cooperstown Village Board has scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday night – that’s tomorrow, Oct. 28 – on the proposed zoning code revisions.

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh said, “The law may or may not be adopted on Monday, depending on public input and trustee decision.”

It’s too soon.  Cooperstown residents should show up and say so.

The zoning code has broad implications for the future of the village.  Not enough people yet understand what those impacts may be.

4-Way Stop Sign Eyed For Glen, Grove Corner

Village Hall Hearing At 7 Today

4-Way Stop Sign Eyed

For Glen, Grove Corner

The Village Board is considering a four-way stop sign at Glen (Route 28) and Grove. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
Trustee Sternberg

COOPERSTOWN – The Village Board is planning at public hearing at 7 p.m. today on whether to erect a four-way stop sign at Glen Avenue (Route 28), the village’s northern gateway, and Grove Street.   The hearing will be at 22 Main St., the Village Hall.

The move is proposed by Trustee Richard Sternberg, who chairs the trustees’ Public Safety Committee,  who said there have been three accidents there in the past year.  “This is a significant problem,” he said.

Trash Cans With Computers Enhance Downtown Security
PART ONE: DOWNTOWN UPGRADES

Trash Cans With Computers

Enhance Downtown Security

By JIM KEVLIN • Special www.AllOTSEGO.com

Resident Merrilyn O’Connell asked whether the space-age trash cans might topple on passersby. No, the mayor assured her, they are fastened to the sidewalk in the event one would get knocked over by a car. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com_

COOPERSTOWN – “How big are they?” asked the dimunitive Merrilyn O’Connell on learning computerized trash cans to be installed in downtown Cooperstown this summer will have to be attached to the sidewalk to erase any chance they will fall over on someone.

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch sought to reassure O’Connell – it seems they aren’t as tall as Deputy Mayor Cindy Falk – during the first of two public briefings in Village Hall’s Ballroom this evening, dealing with the final $2.2 million pieces of a multi-year upgrade to the Main Street neighborhood.  Work began this week. (A second briefing dealt with $5.8 million in Doubleday Field renovations.)

Raises Possible For Supervisors, County Representatives

PUBLIC HEARING AT 6 TONIGHT

Raises Possible

For Supervisors,

Representatives

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – The culmination of a two-year study designed to bring department-head and county-rep salaries into line will be presented this evening at the public hearing on Otsego County’s 2019 budget.

The public hearing will be at 6 p.m. in the county courthouse on upper Main Street, Cooperstown.

The salary plan, developed by averaging maximum-minimum salaries in 16 similar Upstate counties, would increase what are called M&C salaries (for managerial and confidential employees) by 20 percent.

DETAILS IN THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

 

Unatego Board Sets Hearing For Otego School

Otego School Sale

Possible In 2 Weeks

Unatego Central school board Chair James Salisbury addresses a packed house at last night’s meeting of the school board, where the pending sale of Otego Elementary was discussed.  To his left is Dave Richards, superintendent of schools.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH – Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Kimberly More, representing Kildonan School, describes how its plan might save taxpayers money in the long run.

OTEGO – At its first public meeting since the June 30 deadline for RFPs, the Unatego Central school board last night agreed in front of a packed crowd to hold a public hearing on three perspective buyers for the former Otego Elementary School building at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 30.

The school board may choose a buyer that evening.

Each applicant will be given 15 minutes to discuss their plans for the building. Each presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of questions from the public before voting.

After initially sending out a request for proposals, the board received three proposals for the building from:

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 1

Listen To Everyone

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COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 7 p.m. CGP Students present “Listen to Everyone”, using oral history recordings with the aged. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Call Karen Cadwalader 607-547-0600 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/

TABLET TALK – 10:30 a.m. – Noon. Bring questions about your tablet and find the answers with the group. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/calendar/

Crowd Delays Start Of Fire-Pact Hearing

Crowd Delays Start

Of Fire-Pact Hearing

The 6 p.m.  start of this evening’s public hearing on creation of a breakaway volunteer fire department in the Town of Oneonta was delayed by the throng of people signing up to speak; the line snaked around the meeting room at Oneonta’s Elm Park Methodist Church on Chestnut Street. Here, Ron Peters, an associate of Town Fire Commissioner Johna Peachin, is advising would-be speaker Annemarie Hosned. Behind her is Common Council member Dana Levinson.  The Oneonta town fire commissioners are proposing a volunteer department after two years of negotiations with City Hall over the services of the city’s professional Oneonta Fire Department failed to produce a contract.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, NOV. 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, NOV. 28

Singer Rudy Currence

At SUNY Oneonta Tonight

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

CYBER MONDAY!

CONCERT – 9 p.m. Rudy Currance. Hunt Union Waterfront, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info, activities@oneonta.edu, (607)436-3730, or CLICK HERE.

3D DESIGN – 6 p.m. Create your own holiday themed cookie cutter. Optional 3D printing. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/3d-printing

PUBLIC HEARING – 7 p.m. Public hearing on Cooperstown Comprehensive Plan. Village Hall, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Copies of the plan can be reviewed at the Village office, cooperstownny.org/residents/

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YES TO CVS, BUT WITH 12 CAVEATS
READ FULL TEXT OF SPECIAL PERMIT CONDITIONS (updated)

YES TO CVS, BUT

WITH 12 CAVEATS

At this evening's public hearing, Todd Hamula of Zaremba Group, CVS' contractors, at left, discusses the drive-thru pharmacy for the Cooperstown Motel site, while, at right, Mike Tucker of BHB Architects, Albany, holds up the site plan. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
At this evening’s public hearing, Todd Hamula of Zaremba Group, CVS’ contractors, at left, discusses the drive-thru pharmacy for the Cooperstown Motel site, while, at right, architect Mike Tucker, Albany, holds up the site plan. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

With Revisions, Company

Must Return To Trustees

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

An artist's rendering of "The Cooperstown Concept," designed by CVS' architects to be more in keeping with the village's ambience, was passed around at this evening's public hearing.
An artist’s rendering of “The Cooperstown Concept,” designed by CVS’ architects to be more in keeping with the village’s ambience, was passed around at this evening’s public hearing.

COOPERSTOWN – By a 6-1 vote, the Village Board a few minute ago approved a special permit for CVS’ drive-thru pharmacy, but with at least a dozen conditions, ranging from a detailed traffic study, to interior and exterior lighting safeguards, to ensuring safe access to Badger Park.

“I believe we kind of covered everything everyone addressed,” Mayor Jeff Katz said after the vote, addressing two dozen members of the public who attended the public hearing on the project.

The conditions – the motion, running a page and a half single space, had been prepared in advance of the hearing and public input – will require CVS to appear again before the Village Board to show they have been met, and another vote by the trustees at that time.

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