Comments re-cap (we’ve got a couple comedians here)


In response to Does a bedroom community have to be boring?, Rob Purtell wrote:

There has been great progress on Main Street in the past two years, I also see the best opportunity in Amsterdam as far as a downtown to be east of the Riverfront center, there exist many pleasingly designed buildings still standing, nice wide streets with plenty of parking, easily accessible from any direction. The two blocks east of the Riverfront could be twice as large as the current Main street. As far as looking like Saratoga Springs, this can be easily achieved with facades that mirror those of the past, the buildings themselves could be state of the art. If this could be successful, then you could move further east and develop the area that needs the most attention. “You want Main Street, you can’t handle Main Street” LOL

In response to the same article, Diane Hatzenbuhler, 4th Ward Alderwoman wrote:

…I too agree that much work has been done on downtown and with the new AIDA building it will be a great opportunity for a new business, since it will have all new systems in each unit……..something that a lot of the others do not offer. We have three new businesses down there, one of which is going into the cleaners, but will have to do their own remodeling/utility upgrades as I understand it. We have to come up with a way to make it more advantageous to fix up and rent the buildings, then letting them stand empty. Maybe a BID would solve the problems, although I have not had a chance to check into what they can do. We can also like you suggest work on the other end of the city with additional facade grants and code enforcement. At least that entrance has been cleaned up, with at least a row of shrubs covering DPW vehicles. We can do more though and will see what can be done.

In response to Politics trumps fiscal responsibility in Common Council’s Muni stance, bob stern wrote:

I agree, that whoever the Pro is at a course never made a difference to me. That argument works both ways in this case. The problem is the whole structure, the management is part government, part commission, part Pro, part concession. When I have asked on that course on a Saturday afternoon I search for the Pro to see if I can get out as a single, then I walk to the cashier and pay with a visit car, then I walk back to the Pro shop to rent a cart, and pay cash. Then there is no starter and someone pulls up in a foursome ahead of me. This stuff may also happen at other courses, but not at the private ones.

In response to Golf course sparring continues, David Weaver wrote:

This is wrong on multiple levels. Most importantly, I am unaware of Barone having any experience managing a golf course, experience which Scott has successfully employed already…Scott has proven himself to be highly skilled at operating a golf course, and the opportunity to retain his services should not be passed over. The council members may not like Thane or the the Golf Committee or how this situation has developed….but at the end of the day, all those matters (no matter how relevant) do nothing to change the fact that Scott has the best credentials for the job and (since Merendo apparently will be retained) should at least be brought aboard as General Manager.

Finally, Pete Betz had these suggestions in response to Resolution banning non-residents from city boards too simplistic:

This article is logical, well-reasoned and sensible. I know that because I even read some of it . Re the commission membership, I would also advocate for appointing a member from the population of Green Hill Cemetery. After all, the residents there are definitely permanent members of the community and wouldn’t cause any dissension at meetings. Regarding settlement of heated political questions, I continue to advocate for mortal combat: it’s entertaining and when concluded, the argument is permanently settled.