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December 26, 2013

Small parking changes to have public hearing

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The trustees set two other public hearings for Jan. 27: 

One hearing will be to set up an outdoor eating area law, allowing the village to issue annual permits and regulate the use of outdoor space to insure that pedestrians have adequate space to walk around the eating areas. Enforcement of the eating areas would be handled by the police department, which could issue tickets to offending businesses.

The other hearing will be to amend overnight parking regulations. 

The trustees also held a public hearing on parking at the recent meeting, voting 7-0 to ban overnight parking in village-owner spaces behind the Cooperstown Fire Hall. 

“This is pretty limited,” trustee Bruce Maxson said.

Katz said that historically there have been issues with residents parking in spaces that limited the department’s emergency response capabilities.

“There were a couple of instances when someone was parked there … and an ambulance couldn’t get out. That’s horrible,” he said.

In other actions, the trustees unanimously voted to:

Move all village accounts to the Bank of Cooperstown because of higher interest rates. Lou Allstadt recused himself from the vote, which passes 6-0.  

Go to bid on village sales of banners at Doubleday Field. The Cooperstown Hawkeyes, a previous tenant at the field, had the right to sell banners, but the village had not sold their own banners. The trustees also voted buy the website domain www.doubledayfield.com from Todd Kenyon. Kenyon had told the village that he would sell it to them as cost, believed to be about $100.

Rename the Chestnut Street Parking Lot, the Fowler Way Parking Lot.

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