We recently enjoyed a brief visit from Jon Battle, one of our late husband’s college buddies, who always enjoys visiting Cooperstown and passing howdy on the front porch. And while the front porch is not as welcoming as it used to be since there are no chairs on it, we were able to pass howdy from the comfort of our family room. And during the many subjects that we covered in our conversation, the topic of potholes came up.
And much to our surprise, Jon did not think the potholes he encountered in Cooperstown were particularly bad. And while we appreciated his willingness to accommodate the condition of our streets, we fear, from what we are still hearing, that the people who might agree with him are few and far between. Mayhap he only drove on the “good” streets although we cannot imagine how he could do that and still arrive at our house.
We have learned, however, that potholes are not the only concerns about village streets.
While checking out local news sources online we came across an e-petition which asked the village board to route, “As much as possible, heavy vehicles ... away from Cooperstown residential streets.”
According to the petition “Heavy vehicles can use state and county roads by right. The use of Village residential streets is entirely at the discretion of the Village. The Village can and should re-route most heavy vehicle traffic off residential streets.”
And while we fully understand the desire to reduce commercial traffic in our fragile residential neighborhoods, we are not at all certain totally banning such traffic is in the best interests of the community. We gather that this petition is in response to Dreams Park buses using River and Lake Streets on their return trips to the Hall of Fame. Instead it is suggested that an alternate route for the buses might be to continue east on Main Street to Estli Avenue and then down the River Road to the cross-over road to return to Route 28 and back to the Dreams Park.