COOPERSTOWN - The board of trustees in the Village of Cooperstown could not reach a decision on the traffic pattern along Pioneer Street.
Monday night nearly a dozen local neighbors, residents and business owners made their way to the village hall to discuss the future of Pioneer Street parking.
“The concerns are mostly safety related for the most part,” said Alan Leist, a resident of Pioneer Street. “Pioneer is a dead end street, extremely congested with cars, and people wanting to come down to see the lake.”
According to homeowners on Pioneer Street, the road has always been a parallel parking street. After a $1.2 million renovation to replace 100-year-old water and sewer lines, repave the street, and install granite curbs, the village now would like to implement diagonal parking spaces.
Monday night the the board of trustees voted 3-3 to keep the original parking pattern on Pioneer Street. The vote was tied due to one member being absent. The decision is leaving the village with no set parking pattern on the lower section of the street. Following the meeting many residents who spoke on behalf of the street left abruptly.
“I just took away a very bad vote on behalf of the trustees,” said Rick Hulse, Pioneer Street resident. “They don’t seem to be doing a good job at keeping the village cohesive and doing what is best for one of the most beautiful streets in the village.”
One business owner who has lived in the village for numerous years also weighed in on this matter.
“There are ample places in the business district. With a little creativity we could find just as many parking spaces,” said Vincent Russo.
As of Monday night, the village has clarified they will be meeting with both the planning board and the village board to consider a parking pattern a majority can vote on.