By hurting revenues in the village, everyone pays, especially the taxpayer. There will be fewer businesses, less revenue and the property values of Main Street will go down. Not every business owner lives in Cooperstown, but they do pay a large amount to the village through taxes. When the values of the businesses decrease, so will the taxes paid by the businesses. This will then fall back on the village residents. A short-sighted “fix” will end up hurting the community in the long term.
At this time I am not going to argue whether the paid parking profits will be substantial, although I do not believe they will be. As with the permit lot after increasing permit fees and with the Doubleday lot — they are getting used less and less.
To say that you have not heard anyone against paid parking only means that you have not been asking anyone or that you are not listening. Please do not place paid parking on the streets of Cooperstown as this is not the cure, it will be more a part of the problem.
Willis Monie Jr.
well-wishes to former manager
I left the American Red Cross in August, having served as Community Chapter Executive for the Mohawk Valley Chapter. I only just found out that Toni Christensen, the long-time branch manager for the Cooperstown Office of the American Red Cross, had retired on Nov. 30.
I had the pleasure of working with Toni and know that I join so many in the community and throughout Otsego County, in wishing Toni well as she embarks on this new chapter in her life.
Toni was the kind of manager that any director would want and she made my job easier by doing hers so well.
Hats off to you, Toni! Enjoy your retirement in good health and much happiness!
Victor J. Fariello Jr.