CHERRY VALLEY – Girl Scouts, Bailey Thayer and Zola Palmer are making a difference in their community.
When brainstorming service project ideas, the fourth and fifth-grade juniors suggested improving the village playground behind the Cherry Valley Community Center – formerly the Cherry Valley School – by adding more equipment.
Specifically, Zola is excited to add spinners to the current equipment. “I like to spin,” she said.
Bailey is looking forward to adding a handicapped swing to the mix. “There are not many in the area, and we have kids in our school that are disabled and are wheelchair-bound. I think it would be nice to have options locally for them to play on a playground,” she said.
I feel strongly that I do endorse the candidacy of Mary-Margaret Robbins for village trustee. I have known Mary-Margaret for a long time, and I admire her brain power, as well as her kindness to others and her guts.
Most of us knew her when she was a pharmacists at CVS. Unfortunately, she had to retire from that job to take care of her health. Today she is incredibly strong and determined to help the community in whatever way she can.
As a board member, I feel she would be excellent. She is measured in her decisions, based on facts…and to me, I could care less which party she belongs to, as the important thing is to work for the Village of Cooperstown. That is where her loyalties lie.
Please vote for Mary-Margaret! I feel all of you and the current board will be happy with the outcome, if she wins. Just remember to vote!
COOPERSTOWN – At a special meeting that ended just few minutes ago, the Village Board directed Trustee Richard Sternberg to confer with the village attorney on a law requiring people to wear masks at all times in the Main Street area.
The law would be effective on Main between Chestnut and Fair streets, and on Pioneer between Church and Lake.
A public hearing would be required before board action.
COOPERSTOWN – The Village Board’s monthly meeting is Monday, and Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch announced it will proceed as scheduled, but – adapting to the Coronavirus threat – will be moved from the basement meeting room at 22 Main to the second-floor ballroom.
This will allow attendees to space themselves 6 feet apart, as recommended by “social distancing” guidelines. While the trustees and Village Administrator Teri Barown will be present, the treasurer, zoning enforcement office and public works superintendent may receive waivers.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., and two public hearings will proceed as announced at 7 p.m., on the following matters:
A sitting-room-only-on-the-floor crowd Monday, June 24, at the Cooperstown Village Board’s monthly meeting had a point: Why put an apartment house in the middle of one of the village’s finest single-family-home neighborhoods?
There it is. That said, who doesn’t have some mixed feelings, given that the developer, Josh Edmonds, intends to build a complex that is supremely energy efficient, as is his new home at 45 Delaware St., and to price it so young families with incomes in the $54,000 range can afford it?
Nonetheless, don’t village trustees have a stewardship responsibility: to preserve Cooperstown as it is known and loved? Do they have to destroy the village to save it?
With some emotion, Sherrie Kingsley, co-proprietor of the Inn at Cooperstown with her husband Marc, read a letter he co-signed that contained a chilling conclusion: Concerned about “our quality of life as well as the value of our properties,” the couple had met that morning with Altonview Architects to discuss how they might convert two houses they own, 12 Chestnut and 180 Main, into apartments if necessary.
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In a couple of weeks, we won’t remember that Cooperstown’s Main Street is a ghost town from Columbus Day to Memorial Day. The 500,000 visitors will begin arriving in earnest with Dreams Parks’ June 1 opening.
By the time we again become Coopers(ghost)town, the opportunity will have been lost.
The opportunity, of course, is 100 Main St., a gap in the village’s set of most perfect teeth since CVS moved to the southern edge of the village in November 2017 –yes, it’s almost been two years.
‘It’s been my longest job – at the lowest pay,” former Mobil Oil executive vice president Lou Allstadt told his colleagues Monday, Jan. 28, in resigning from the Village Board.
Resigning, but it doesn’t mean he’s exactly retiring.
COOPERSTOWN – A sewage trunk line running near Council Rock leaked its contents into the Susquehanna River in recent days, Public Works Superintendent Mitch Hotaling told the Village Board last evening.
While the leak could be smelled by neighbours, emergency plumbers were able to fix it in three hours, Hotaling said.
This admittedly is an unusual occurrence and is not a typical emergency plumbing situation. Thankfully, the experienced plumbers were able to resolve the issue. Luckily, most plumbers are very clued in on incidents like this, though they’re not regular occurrences. Trenchless Sewer Repairs come naturally to many plumbers, and if you need this type of repair in your home, you should contact one immediately. Regardless, the neighbors were all very grateful for the fixture of the sewage leak!
COOPERSTOWN – Fueled by what they declared was a misunderstanding of their intentions, the village trustees acted promptly and unanimously this evening to bring back a bigger, better flagpole to downtown Cooperstown’s main intersection as quickly as possible.
The Village Board OK’d three decisions proposed by Streets Committee chair Cindy Falk at its September meeting.
• One, to spend up to $2,900 for a 50-foot flagpole to replace the 35-foot one taken down last week to make way for the $1.2 million Pioneer Street reconstruction, causing some public consternation. The pole will be aluminum; iron ones are subject to rust.
At Issue: Year ‘Round Housing Vs. Dreams Park Rentals
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Faced with a “rash of applications” from homeowners seeking to rent to Dreams Park families, the Village Board will consider a nine-month moratorium on such approvals when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall.
“We’ll have to discuss it. We want to discuss it,” said Mayor Jeff Katz, interviewed yesterday. The trustees have long tried to maintain a balance between permanent housing and tourist accommodations, he said, adding, “the residential quality of the village should be preeminent.”
Katz was commenting on a controversy that broke into the open April 7 when three applications for tourist accommodations were debated by the village Zoning Board of Appeals, then approved: For 20 Glen Ave. (Janice Eichler), 3 Westridge Road (Richard Abbate) and 130 Chestnut St. (William Dystra).