Concluding firefighters’ concerns had been sufficiently met, the Hartwick Town Planning last night approved a four-story Hampton Inn & Suites in Hartwick Seminary.

Co-chairs Greg Korth and Alex Thomas, and board member Meg Kennedy, unanimously approved the project.

According to the meeting minutes, Cooperstown Fire Chief Jim Tallman said his department would respond to any fires at the site under its mutual aid agreement with Hartwick fire departments.  The department’s ladder truck is 104-feet tall, sufficient for the four-story building, and Tallman estimated his department could have it at the scene within 10 minutes.  On-site fire-fighting equipment, plus the sprinkler and alarm system, and building the structure to state fire code further allayed any planning board concerns.

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