As a long term resident of the Cooperstown area, the daughter, sister and wife of Cooperstown Fire Department members, and someone that continues to have loved ones that live in the Cooperstown Fire Department district, I feel I must respond to the village board’s decision to reverse their vote on the parking issue behind the fire department.
I feel very strongly that the parking behind the fire department should be for the firemen.
Parking in town is difficult, if not impossible, at times, to find.
If an emergency happens and the firemen cannot find parking, there is a delay in response which could cause a minor incident to develop into a major issue.
The other problem is the ability to get the emergency vehicles that are parked in the back of the department out when individuals park inappropriately.
According to the article in the Cooperstown Crier on Sept. 24, Mr. Lemister, a store owner and ``long term firefighter’’ opposed the restriction of parking because it caused him a problem when renting his building and having to explain parking to the prospective tenants.
I do not understand how Mr. Lemister can call himself a senior member of the fire department and only have his best interest at heart.
This is a blatant betrayal, similar to that of Judas — and for the same reason, money.
As far as the board not understanding what they were voting on, I find it difficult to have confidence in these elected officials, if they are voting on issues that they do not fully understand, without investigating and clarifying these issues.
I also find it interesting that all of the board members that voted to reverse the parking are also business owners.
I wonder if they will next ask the board to give them exclusive parking spaces in front of their businesses.
I feel that the village needs to keep the best interests of the residents as the number one priority and leave the ``good old boys club’’ out of the equation.
Colleen Walrath- Hollister
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