Village caucus nights have been set for both parties for the 2018 election.

Village Democrats will hold their caucus at 7:30 p.m. Monday, in the upstairs ballroom in the village building at 22 Main St. The next night at 7 p.m. village Republicans will hold their caucus in the village meeting room at 22 Main St.

The village election is noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Independents can still submit petitions to run until Feb. 13.

Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, a Democrat, is planning to run to replace Mayor Jeff Katz. Katz, a Democrat who has served three terms, announced in December he is not running for re-election. Trustees Cindy Falk and Jim Dean, both Democrats, have also said they are running for re-election. 

Village Republicans have not fielded a trustee candidate since John Sansevere in 2015, although Sansevere ran as an independent in 2017. The local GOP has not had a mayoral candidate since Joe Booan beat Katz in 2010. Booan did not run for re-election in 2012; Katz ran unopposed three times. 

In Cooperstown, the mayor serves a two-year term, but the trustees serve three-year terms.

On Monday, the trustees voted at their January meeting to set a public hearing to consider a special-use permit for Bruce Hall Home Center at 206 Main St. Zoning Enforcement Office Jane Gentile asked the trustees to consider the move after a new outdoor covering caused concern with the store’s neighbor. She said she thinks the outdoor area is in need of a permit. 

The hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the trustee’s Feb. 26 meeting, in the meeting room at 22 Main St.

In other actions Monday:

The trustees indicated they will consider a anti-drone law soon, with the possibility of fines for offenders.

Village Administrator Teri Barown said the annual Board of Assessment Review will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.

In addition, she said the budget process will start in February, with a tentative budget due by March 20.

The budget agenda will consider staffing for upcoming Induction Weekends. According to a public safety committee report, Police Chief Mike Covert said he wants to hire an additional full-time office in anticipation of upcoming big special events. The Hall of Fame Induction this year will feature an unusually large number of inductees, and 2019 and 2020 are the first year of eligibility for New York Yankee legends Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, respectively.

The trustees approved permits for the Bob Smullens Run during the Winter Carnival and for Spring Fling at Doubleday Field on May 19.

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