We note that the next meeting of the Literary Discussion Group, sponsored by the Women's Club of Cooperstown, will be held on Thursday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Village of Cooperstown Library. Jane Anne Russell will lead a discussion on the book "North to the Orient" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The meeting is open to the public.
Also coming up this month will be the second vote on a proposed CCS capital project. The total cost of the project has been reduced to $5.95 million from its original cost of $6.6 million. According to the school’s website, the vote will be held on Wednesday, March 12 in Room 304-305 at the high school, located on Linden Avenue in Cooperstown, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. It should be noted that this is a change in the hours the polls will be open. While the polls will open four hours earlier than normal, they will close one hour earlier than normal. A second vote is being held as the first vote resulted in a tie, 180 for to 180 against, which meant the project did not pass. Thus district residents are being asked to vote on the slightly reduced proposed project again.
And in light of that upcoming vote, it is interesting, we think, that one of the items we have discovered in our cleaning out of papers in our basement is a folder entitled "News Clipping ... 2005 CCS Capital Project." As many will no doubt remember, that capital project garnered a great deal of protest and was, in fact, defeated by a wide margin with 1,365 voting against the project and 331 voting for it. We found reading through the various articles and letters about the proposed 2005 capital project to be rather interesting.
We had remembered that a group of district residents formed the Concerned Citizens Group which waged a substantial protest against the project. They printed a brochure which was delivered, by volunteers, throughout many of the district's neighborhoods. In the brochure it was stressed that the student population was declining, but the school costs were escalating. It also pointed out that it was "Your Capital - Their Project." And while the project was put forth as being a $20 million project, with the projected $12.7 million in interest, the total cost of the project would have been about $32 million.