By LIBBY CUDMORE • www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – After five years of saving paid parking revenue, the Village of Cooperstown is ready to start the $1.2 million Pioneer Street Reconstruction Project and pay for it with money set aside.
“Some of these pipes date back to the 1890s,” Trustee Cindy Falk, who chairs the Village Board’s Streets Committee, told a public meeting tonight at the fire hall. “In 2014, during the Winter Carnival, we had a water main break while it was snowing. There were crews plowing and crews trying to fix it. They’re over 100 years old. We’re living on borrowed time.”
COOPERSTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown announced today that Mayor Jeff Katz has joined Climate Mayors (aka, Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, or MNCAA), a network of nearly 300 U.S. mayors representing over 60 million Americans.
Climate Mayors are working together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policy making.
Incumbents: Committees Help Tap Expertise
Village government has too many committees, John Sansevere, center, independent candidate for Cooperstown Village Board in the Tuesday, March 21, elections, tells a League of Women Voters’ forum underway until 9 p.m. at Village Hall. In the past, he has enumerated them at 22. The two incumbents disagreed. Lou Allstadt, running on independent and Democratic lines, said committee allows issues to be dealt with in a focused way. Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, a Democrat, said committees allow the village to tap communitywide expertise. The three were reacting to a question by David Locke, inset at left, who asked the trustee candidates to detail what they believe are the biggest issues facing the village. The polls will be open noon-9 p.m. on the 21st. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown has declared a snow emergency from 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. Now parking is allowed on village streets once the snow starts and until the streets are cleared or the time expires.
Allstadt, Tillapaugh Win
Democratic Nod to Run
GOP Bows Out, No Independents In Yet
S&P 500 Stocks Shifted To S&P 475
By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Rejecting the advice of the village treasurer, the Village Board this evening voted unanimously to shift its investments in S&P 500 stocks over the next year into an S&P 475 scrubbed free of fossil-fuel companies.
Trustees acted despite Treasurer Derek Bloomfield, citing guidelines for CFAs (chartered financial analysts), advising them that a fully diversified portfolio, including fossil-fuel stocks, is the most stable. “Social investment should be done with one’s own money,” he said.