Removing the street pavement would have the ancillary benefit of reducing that section of the village roadways from the maintenance and repair budget. To the extent the grass needed cutting, the village need not hire additional personnel. Rather, it could allow sheep farmers to pasture their animals along the street when needed at no cost to the village.
Second, the need for parking by locals and tourists who want to visit Main Street needs to be addressed. The framework for the solution is already in place. During Induction Weekend and concert dates, village residents are able to purchase permits to park cars on their property for pay! The village could expand this program and make the permits and the fee charged applicable to the period covered currently by the $25 parking pass that can be purchased for use on Main Street now as an alternative to purchasing a ticket from the parking machines each time one wishes to park on Main Street.
If we all think about this for awhile, I am confident that with goodwill on everyone’s part, we can implement this fair and equitable solution to the general satisfaction of most, if not all, of those who benefit from contact with bucolic Cooperstown.
John A. Rudy
Flooding is inevitable with so much rain
Once again nature is wreaking havoc with our properties surrounding the lake! The amount of rain we have received in the last month is approximately 13 inches — three times the normal amount!
Unfortunately, in extraordinary circumstances like the entire Northeast has experienced over the last 40 days, there is NO solution. The issue is that there are unlimited ways water can enter the lake, but only one way out — and that one way out is very small in comparison. Water during these big events comes in at a rate seven to 10 times the rate that it goes out — hence the lake rises — a lot!