Parking proved to be a formidable gauntlet
After living in the western southern tier for 10 years, my wife and I decided to visit the Hall of Fame today, June 20, before moving out of the area in a few weeks. We enjoyed the museum, but parking in Cooperstown proved to be a formidable gauntlet.
Having read information on visiting on the web, we drove to the blue lot to use the trolley, only to be met with a sign announcing that it was not running. We followed signage to the Doubleday Field lot where a sign instructed me to pay at the field box office. Alas, the field was unstaffed. I then noticed an automated machine near the field. After several unsuccessful attempts to use my Visa in the machine, a woman passerby in what appeared to be some kind of official uniform told me the machine never worked, and to pay for parking in the adjacent store.
After being ignored in the store for a time, I finally asked a clerk if I could pay for parking, and was told to use the machine outside. When I explained it was not working I was helpfully told to “Look for another machine.” As it turned out this was not difficult as the machine at the other end of the parking lot had a VERY LONG line. As I joined the line the reason for the length became obvious: Every credit card was being rejected numerous times until they were accepted, if ever.
The family in front of me tried three different credit cards, all of which were rejected, much to their consternation. I had now been gone from the car where my wife was sitting so that we would not be ticketed for so long that she called me on my cell phone to make sure I had not met some harm.
When I finally got to the machine my Visa was rejected numerous times before finally going through. Fortunately by now everyone in the line realized what was going on and, while irritated, were patient. An experience like this says one thing loud and clear: “We want you to come here and spend your money, but have no interest whatsoever in your convenience.” How terribly unfortunate for a tourist destination!
Paid parking upsetting residents too
Cooperstown paid parking is not only upsetting Cooperstown merchants, village residents are also VERY upset! As a village resident, I pay more than $2,000 annually for VILLAGE tax! I was OK with the $25 fee, but before the parking permit went into effect, I purchased one. Then, once again, before it went into effect, it became necessary to trade the car in. When asked about the permit, I was told I had to pay another $25 for another permit. THAT IS A BOONDOGGLE!!
I am very angry! What benefits do we as village residents get for our taxes? Garden refuge pickup seldom happens before the curb grass turns brown. Recently, we had branches on our curb for more than four weeks and then we had to hire someone else to carry it away!
I can think of very few benefits we have as village residents. What do we get for our taxes?
1. Streets plowed in wintertime
2. Police protection
3. And, if someone is working at our house they can park for two hours before they have to move their car.
This paid parking permit adds insult to injury! I will not be patronizing Main Street merchants this summer.
Jewell B. Hall
Spraying should not be done on local golf courses
Hats off to Andy Mason for his recent letter in this newspaper advocating a ban on pesticide and herbicide spraying around Otsego Lake, Cooperstown’s drinking water source.
Andy rightly applauds the state Department of Transportation for deciding to stop spraying along Route 80. The issues at hand are not just public health, but also the long term toxic effects of chemical break-down products on aquatic flora and fauna. It’s time for the two golf courses around the lake seriously to consider banning herbicides and pesticides as well. If the organic Vineyard Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard is good enough for the president of the United States to play on, an organic golf course in Cooperstown could be a success as well. No doubt maintaining the quality of a golf course without herbicides and pesticides would be a real challenge, but as the state Department of Transportation has recognized, it’s a challenge that’s becoming harder and harder to avoid.
Moderator, Sustainable Otsego