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November 16, 2013

Cooperstown asks for feedback on parking

By Greg Klein Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — Cooperstown is requesting feedback on paid parking in an effort to make the 2014 season better, village Mayor Jeff Katz said recently.

“We’re not looking for all-positive or all-negative,” Katz said. “We’re looking for all-legitimate feedback. Once we gather enough, we’ll meet as a board and take it all to heart.”

The feedback form is available on the village’s website, www.cooperstownny.org; a hard copy can be picked up and dropped off at the village office at 22 Main St., and emails can be sent to feedback@cooperstownny.org. Everyone is encouraged to submit feedback through this process, even those who have spoken to village officials privately or at public forums, Katz said.

Katz said he wanted to assure residents that the feedback would be paid attention to, and changes can be made to the program.

“The idea that everything is cast in stone is false,” he said. “There’s never been anything in the village since I have been involved that was not able to be reviewed. That included paid parking at Doubleday Field, which has undergone some changes based on feedback.”

Several frequently mentioned changes to the system are a change in hours to allow locals free parking early in the day, a change in price and a system where parking permits do not have to be mailed.

Katz did indicate, however, that he believes the on-street paid parking will continue during the tourist season. 

“I can’t tell you a hundred percent what every trustee is thinking and how they will vote in the future,” he said, “but my feeling is that all (seven) of us, believe that paid parking is good for the village.”

Katz said the village is still awaiting the verdict in the Savor New York lawsuit. The lawsuit, brought by Brenda Berstler, alleged that Local Law No. 3 of 2013 set up a system for paid parking that violated state law Section 178. The case was heard in July and a result was expected within 60 days, or sometime in September. However, no verdict has been issued by the judge.

“We have been told that the 60 days was more of a guideline than a definite,” Katz said. “It certainly would be nice to have the ruling before we discuss what changes, if any, we are going to make to the law.”