To the town of Butternuts and Otsego County for reaching a deal to keep Copes Corners Park in Gilbertsville in operation.
The park, which features camping areas and pavilions, was devastated by floods and torrential rains over the past few years. Last year, the county discussed closing the park and selling the land.
Instead of letting the park close, town officials decided to take over its operation.
Earlier this month, the county authorized the sale of the park to the town for $1.
Butternuts Town Supervisor Charles Eckelmann said it is likely that the town would initially open Copes Corners as a day park this year, while it tries to upgrade the quality of the drinking water at the park. By next year, he said, officials hope to welcome campers back to the park.
The town’s insurance will go up by $750 if the camping spaces are reopened, but the town would be able to charge campers for use of the spaces.
“We just felt as a town that there is always room for open space for people to go and enjoy,” Eckelmann said. “And this is a perfect spot for it.”
To the 47th annual Cooperstown Winter Carnival.
Winter storm Nemo was a positive and negative for the carnival. The severity of the storm put a damper on Friday’s events. But the fresh layer of snow allowed the full slate of outdoor activities to take place, many of which were canceled last year because of the lack of snow.
“We had a lot of people last year that missed those outdoor activities,” event Co-chairwoman Teresa Leveille said, “so it is good that we are able to make those things happen this year.”
Some vendors did back out, and attendance might have been slightly down the first couple of days, she said.