I have had the privilege of working in Cooperstown for the past 30 some years, first in the county office building and then at a real estate office, and for the past 20 years at the Lake Front Motel as assistant to Paula Wikoff.
Recently, Paula came in front of the Board of Trustees of Cooperstown to have the Lake Front Motel property classification changed to ``Hotel’’ so she could more easily pursue a project involving some changes and updates to the motel.
The changes she has proposed are to simply update the facade of the building to give them a more updated appearance, while still making it appealing to the eye along the lake.
Also, to utilize some wasted space along the upper side of the East side to make a couple more rooms there so she can make the rooms along the lower level a little larger and handicap accessible.
She also wants to slightly change the pitch of the roof so the snow will slide off, instead of having to be shoveled, by raising the existing rooflines two feet.
That is only 24 inches. The number of rooms when complete will actually decrease. Right from the start of this project, Paula made it clear to the designer that she wanted to go to the minimum height to obtain the needed pitch for snow to slide off. She then invited her neighbors to stop by the office so she could show them her plans and discuss with them any concerns they had.
She even went so far as to cut a piece of plywood to set on top of the existing roof to show how the 24- inch height would only change the view by a sliver.
She did this for her neighbors.
Neighbors, who when they added on to their buildings, Paula voiced no issue. Neighbors, who when they asked her for a boat slip on her docks so they could just walk down from the corner, she said sure.
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