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March 28, 2013

Trustees complete tentative budget; final approval on April 11

Board votes to repeal parking limits on South Avenue

The Cooperstown village board of trustees will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, to vote on a final budget for 2013-14.

The chances that the board will approve going over the 2 percent state cap on raising property taxes this year diminished when Mayor Jeff Katz closed the public hearing on the issue at Monday’s board meeting without calling for a vote.

“I was certainly more worried about (needing it) before our last go-round with the budget,” Katz said. “I guess we can still vote on it in April if we need to do so.”

Although there were five public hearings on Monday, only one received any public comment from residents, the repeal of two-hour parking on the north side of South Avenue.

“It really is restrictive to those of us that live there,” Maureen Kuhn said. “I would like to encourage you to do away with it totally.”

A few minutes later the board did so, voting 4-0 to remove the parking restrictions, which had been in place for four months. Katz and trustees James Dean, Ellen Tillapaugh and Frank Capozza all voted in favor of lifting the restrictions.

Trustees Lynne Mebust, Walter Franck and Cynthia Falk were not at the meeting.

The board also voted to approve several zoning changes, amending a 2010 law. Among the changes were: Adding multi-family dwellings to a special permit for the business district, adding mixed occupancy to a special permit for the commercial district, changing minimum yard requirements for addition structures on residential properties to a 10-foot setback rather than a 20-foot setback and amending requirements for off-street parking to one space for one-bedroom units rather than two spaces minimum per family.

The board reset a public hearing on neighbor notifications for structural changes on a house or property until April because of a change in the language of the amendment. It did, however, vote unanimously to approve an amendment on neighbor and newspaper notification on requests for signage.

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