The Cooperstown Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved two changes to the village charter at its February meeting on Feb. 25*.
Local Law No. 3 will amend the charter to allow paid parking on Pioneer Street from the northern boundary of the business district to Stagecoach Lane. The northern boundary of the business district is considered to extend to just past Tillapaugh Funeral Service at 28 Pioneer St. The previous plan for paid parking had it ending at Stagecoach Lane.
Local Law No. 4 amends street and sidewalk regulations to raise the fine for not removing snow and ice from sidewalks. Residents have 24 hours after a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks. In addition, businesses must keep sidewalks free of snow and ice from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The new law raises the fine to “not more than $250” as the previous fine of up to $100 was deemed too low. At the board’s January meeting, several members expressed concern that the fine was so low that some residents were viewing it as a good price for snow removal services and therefore abusing village resources.
The amendment also lowers the amount of snowfall needed to ban public parking on all village streets from 6 inches to 2.5 inches.
Both new laws had public hearings Feb. 25; however, no residents commented on them.
The board also set four public hearings for its meeting March 25:
• To amend the village charter to allow the zoning board to require neighbor notification for all structural changes to a house or property.
• To consider six zoning law changes recommended by the Economic Sustainability Committee.
• To consider changing or rescinding the recently placed two-hour parking limit on the north side of South Street.
• To adopt a law, similar to the one adopted last year, to allow the village to exceed the state’s 2 percent tax cap.