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Village of Cooperstown

A Better Normality Returns To Pioneer

FLAGPOLE FOLLOWS SOON

A Better Normality

Returns To Pioneer

After $1.2 million worth of digging, water- and sewer-line replacement and roadway reconstruction, the final bucket-load of asphalt was put in place shortly after 2 p.m. today by a crew from G. DiVincentis & Son, the Binghamton contractor that has been rebuilding Cooperstown’s Pioneer Street since the day after Labor Day Weekend. From left are Ed Fox, South Otselic, Lenus Beaulieu, Harpursville, Joe LaClair, Port Crane,  and Dave Kotarski, Binghamton. In rear, Carmen DiLoreto, Binghamton, directs traffic. Dennis Bozzi, Binghamton, was driving the backhoe and Mike Manderville, Harpursville, was supervising. A new flagpole will be erected later this week at Pioneer and Main to replace the one taken down during the reconstruction.  The crew will be back in the spring for final paving of the street and  to install new sidewalks.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstown Readies Pioneer Street Reconstruction

Pioneer Street Rebuilding

Sparks Parking Concerns

Village Trustee Cindy Falk and Travis Smigel, Delaware Engineering designer, go over the $1.2 million project to rebuild Pioneer Street, and replace water and sewer lines in the process. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

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’s Katz Joins Coalition Of U.S. Mayor Vs. Global Warming

Cooperstown’s Katz Joins Coalition

Of U.S. Mayor Vs. Global Warming

Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz

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.

Sansevere: Village Has Too Much Government

Sansevere: Village Has

Too Much Government

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)

Village Hall Declares Snow Emergency

Village Hall Declares Snow Emergency

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.

Snow Emergencies Declared In Oneonta, Cooperstown

Snow Emergencies Declared

In Oneonta, Cooperstown

ONEONTA – Street parking and bus services in Oneonta and Cooperstown will be suspended this afternoon due to snowfall, according to releases sent by the City and the Village.

Allstadt, Tillapaugh Win Democratic Nod to Run

Allstadt, Tillapaugh Win

Democratic Nod to Run

GOP Bows Out, No Independents In Yet
Cooperstown Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, right, with her husband Gary Kuch, and Village Trustee Lou Allstadt, left, with his wife Melinda Hardin, wait to fill out the necessary paperwork after they were nominated for further terms on the Village Board a few minutes ago at the Democratic caucus in Village Hall. Village Trustee Richard Sternburg, seated, was elected to chair the caucus. Village Republicans failed to hold a caucus this year, but independents have until Feb. 14 to collect 50 signatures and get their names on the ballot; Village Administrator Teri Barown has the paperwork. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
MAGEE BRINGS $2M TO FIX VILLAGE PLANT

MAGEE BRINGS $2M

TO FIX VILLAGE PLANT

In the Cooperstown Village Board chambers a few minutes ago, Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, announced he had obtained $2 million in state funding toward $7.5 million in upgrades required at the half-century-old waste-water treatment plan on the Susquehanna at the south end of the village. Flanking the assemblyman are, from left,
In the Cooperstown Village Board chambers a few minutes ago, Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, announced he haS obtained $2 million in state funding toward $7.5 million in upgrades required at the half-century-old waste-water treatment plan on the Susquehanna at the south end of the village. Flanking the assemblyman are, from left, John Brust, principal, Delaware Engineering; Scott Folts, plant operator; Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, Magee, Mayor Jeff Katz; Jonathan Flyte, Bassett Hospital vice president/facilities, and Andy Bergfjord, chairman, village Board of Sewer Commissioners.  In remarks at the event, Katz called Magee, who is being challenged by Republican John Salka in Tuesday’s election, a “collosal good friend” to Cooperstown.  He also praised Otsego New President Sandy Mathes for bringing together the relevant parties to get the funding.   And he noted that state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is seeking additional funding for the project, which he hopes can be completed with no increase in village sewer rates, perhaps sometime in 2017.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
TRUSTEES CAST OUT OIL STOCKS

TRUSTEES CAST

OUT OIL STOCKS

Village Trustee Lou Allstadt, left, and Village Treasurer Derek Bloomfield offered differing view on using taxpayers money for
Village Trustee Lou Allstadt, left, and Village Treasurer Derek Bloomfield offered differing view on using taxpayers money for “social investment.” (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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.

Trustees May Form New ‘Entity’ To Confer With Hall On Induction

Trustees May Form New ‘Entity’

To Confer With Hall On Induction

Vin Russo, Mickey’s Place proprietor, (back to camera), suggests to the Cooperstown Village Board at this evening meeting that it form an “entity” to interface with the Hall of Fame over issues that rose during this Induction Weekend, then to do so again in advance of future Inductions. “There were a lot of things that did come up,” said Russo. “While it is fresh in our minds, I think we should discuss what we might do about it.” One current issue is the metal fences the Hall installs along Main Street, how close they should be to the curbs and whether there are sufficient breaks for people to cross the street. Further, Russo said, often people don’t know where to raise questions, with Village Hall, the Baseball Hall, police or whatever. After he departed, Trustee Cindy Falk said, “I think Vinnie’s idea is a good one.” Mayor Jeff Katz assigned the question to Falk’s Economic Development Committee, with perhaps forming such an entity during August. Seated, from left, are Trustees Jim Dean, Falk and Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, Village Attorney Martin Tillapaugh, Mayor Katz, Village Clerk Teri Barown, and Trustees Richard Sternberg and Lou Allstadt. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Vin Russo, Mickey’s Place proprietor, (back to camera), suggests to the Cooperstown Village Board this evening that it form an “entity” to interface with the Hall of Fame over issues that arose during this Induction Weekend, then to do so again in advance of future Inductions. “There were a lot of things that did come up,” said Russo. “While it is fresh in our minds, I think we should discuss what we might do about it.” One current issue is the metal fences the Hall installs along Main Street, how close they are to curbs and whether there are sufficient breaks for people to cross the street. Further, Russo said, often people don’t know where to raise questions, with Village Hall, the Baseball Hall, police or whomever. After he departed, Trustee Cindy Falk said, “I think Vinnie’s idea is a good one.” Mayor Jeff Katz assigned the question to Falk’s Economic Development Committee, to do something perhaps as soon as August. Seated, from left, are Trustees Jim Dean, Falk and Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, Mayor Katz, Village Clerk Teri Barown, and Trustees Richard Sternberg and Lou Allstadt. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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