“Are they going to wake up in the fall and say let’s head to Cooperstown? I don’t have an answer to that.”
Not everyone is unhappy with the paid parking, however. A few village residents spoke about the positive effects it has had for them such as being able to find a parking spot more easily.
Richard Blabey of Grove Street suggested the village add the option of purchasing the $25 parking permit on the tax bill so residents do not have to make a special trip into town to obtain one.
Jim Donley of Chestnut Street said he is a supporter of using paid parking for extra revenue and is happy he can now find a place to park. He said he feels his visits to village have increased since the implementation of paid parking because of the better access driving into town. However, he added he does not dispute the business problems.
“I encourage the board to work out these problems and to not give up the revenue,” he said.
Donley said he feels the implementation was lacking and it would help to have people around to help with the machines since there seems to be a lot of confused people gathered around them.
Paul Clark of Main Street said he just wants the board to listen to everybody.
“This group of trustees is going to be noted for putting a knife in the heart of Cooperstown’s business district and turning it and stabbing it,” he said.
Clark said the village does not welcome visitors, like its website and signs into town advertise.
“You are chasing them away,” he said.
*Editor's note: This story was changed at 2:40 p.m. June 26 to reflect the correct figure for Stagecoach Coffee's daily sales losses.