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July 11, 2013

Officials 'ready' for Furthur concert


The village also received a letter from Lucia Colone, an Elm Street resident whose property borders Doubleday Field. 

“I have concerns regarding safety and possible property damage from these events,” the letter, dated June 8, read in part. “In the past, there have been issues with traffic, blocked driveways and buses left running that spew diesel fuel into homes, and people milling about on the street near the back entrance.”

“I take great pride in my home and work hard to preserve it,” Colone’s letter concludes. “I expect that those elected officials for this village make the residents a top priority in the decisions made that impact them.”

Katz said that he has not heard any ticket sales figures from Magic City Promotions, the company that is promoting the concert, but that he expects slightly less than the 8,000 people he originally projected.

He also said that, contrary to some speculations, the village is “not in the concert business.”

“We’re strictly renting out Doubleday Field,” he said. 

As part of the agreement, the village will  receive $2 of each ticket sold by the promoter and also had 3,000 tickets to sell through the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce. Katz said the chamber had sold about 500 tickets.

On July 3, in a special meeting, the village board of trustees voted unanimously to amend the contract with Magic City to allow the promoter to donate a percentage of the revenue from food and beverage sales to the village. The original contract had called for the village to receive 10 percent of the revenue from food and non-alcoholic beverage sales and 5 percent of the revenue from alcoholic beverage sales. Katz said the change was “primarily a book keeping thing.”

The trustees voted in May to designate the weekend a special event weekend, thereby allowing lawn parking and outside vending. Furthur fans have been encouraged to use the village’s Chestnut Street parking lot for vending. A market known as “Shakedown Street” — taken from the name of a Grateful Dead song and album — has often accompanied the band’s concerts.

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