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June 13, 2013

Our Readers' Opinions


Instead of the expense of installing all that new equipment and endless rewritten signs, PLUS needing crews to monitor the payment vouchers, my village/town adds students for the summer to check the expiration times on the FREE parking tickets (the public lots have an entrance ticket dispenser with a time stamp) or the chalk marks put on the tires of cars parked on our streets that indicate when the car parked.

Perhaps your new exorbitant charges don’t effect those who have never been here before and probably won’t come again, but it does effect how I view this town (unfriendly), and how much income the village center will receive as a result of my stay here.

I strongly urge you all to reconsider this ill-chosen change of policy and become the visitor-friendly place you once were. COVER THE MONEY MACHINES!

(And while you’re at it, BRING BACK THE NOON SIREN!)

Carla Caccamise Ash

East Hampton, NY

Paid parking frustrates frequent visitor

I have been a regular customer at Willis Monie Bookstore for the last 15 years and have visited Cooperstown at least 150 times during that time period; I visit about once a month, even during the winter. When I come to Cooperstown , I often visit other stores to purchase art, have lunch, etc.

Today, I had my first encounter with your new parking system, and it was most unsatisfactory. First, I had no idea whatsoever that I was supposed to pay to park. I parked between the bookstore and the stop light on the corner, and there was no indication whatsoever that there was a meter-of-sorts about six parking spaces away. I only learned about it when I was in the bookshop and customers inside were complaining about the meter not working.

So, I then went to the meter only to find six people hovering around it trying to figure out how it worked. I was told by them that it was “eating credit cards” and not accepting quarters! Nonetheless, I waited for “my turn” to try to pay. After inserting the same eight quarters approximately 50 times (i.e., sometimes the machine took them, sometimes it did not), I did get my dashboard ticket, good for one hour.

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