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FIRE BOARD EXTINGUISHES FIRE BOARD

WOOD VOWS TO SUE

FIRE BOARD

EXTINGUISHES

FIRE BOARD

For Now, Negotiations With City

For OFD Protection In Town Over

Town fire commissioners, from front, Fred Volpe, Chairman Johna Peachin, Ron Peters and Al Rubin, engage in tense conversation in a packed room at Elm Park Methodist Church this evening before voting, 3-2, to dissolve the entity they represent, the Town of Oneonta Fire District.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

“Every person here was willing to negotiate.” said Town board member Pat Jacob, “Don’t blow it up and make it terrible for the people who live here.”  Behind her is fellow board member Trish Riddell-Kent.

ONEONTA – The Town of Oneonta Fire District is no more, (at least for now.)

As expected, Chairman Johna Peachin and her allies, Fire Commissioners Fred Volpe and Ron Peters, this evening voted for the dissolution, while the two new commissioners, Al Rubin and Michelle Catan, voted against.

Though no public comment was allowed – even Town Supervisor Bob Wood was denied an opportunity to answer a point the commissioners raised – more than 40 citizens crowded into the Sunday school classroom of the Elm Park United Methodist Church.

The vote ends more than two years of stalled negotiations after City Hall sought to raise the town Fire District’s payment for the services of the professional Oneonta Fire Department from $800,000 to $1.1 million.

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Faso Discusses Tariffs, Opioids, Ag-Worker Drought At Richfield

Faso Discusses Tariffs, Opioids,

Ag-Worker Drought At Richfield

Congressman John Faso, R-Kinderhook, talks with Richfield Town Supervisor Paul Palumbo, center, and Fred Eckler during a campaign stop this evening at the Richfield Springs Central School cafeteria. In response to what 19th Congressional District farmers are telling him, Faso said he’s working on legislation to “normalize the status of agricultural workers” so there are sufficient to plant and harvest crops, in part by moving oversight for those jobs from the Department of Justice to the Department of Agriculture. On opioids, he said he supports a grant to the Ellenville Regional Hospital in the Catskills to guide addicts treated in emergency rooms into counseling. He also reported that 30 percent hikes in aluminum tariffs are being felt in the district by, among others, a 50-employee manufacturer in the Hudson Valley that builds pergolas and outdoor furniture for the rooftops of highrises in Manhattan and Washington D.C. Coming from St. Johnsville, where he visited a high-tech textile factory, Faso headed up Route 20 to meet constituents in Carlisle. He said he “confidant, but not over-confident” about turning back a challenge from Democrat Antonio Delgado in the Nov. 6 general election. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Fire Commissioner Votes To Dissolve; Town To Sue

BULLETIN

Fire Commissioners Vote

To Dissolve; Town To Sue

ONEONTA – At an “emergency meeting” tonight, the Town of Oneonta Board of Fire Commissioners voted to dissolve itself and the fire district served by the city’s Oneonta Fire Department.

However, Town Supervisor Bob Wood, who was present in the packed meeting in Elm Park United Methodist Church, said the Town of Oneonta will sue to allow 12 to 15 months for an orderly transition.

CHECK BACK LATER THIS EVENING FOR FULL STORY
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Developer Briefs Sixth Ward On Plans For 65 Apartments

Developer Briefs Sixth Ward

On Plans For 65 Apartments

By CATHY NARDI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

A Capital District developer is looking to build a 65-apartment complex in the wooded lot at West Broadway and Duane Street in the Sixth Ward. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

ONEONTA – With so many housing opportunities gobbled-up by college students who pay by the room, Rehabilitation Support Services of Altamont has concluded Oneonta needs more affordable apartments.

Rehabilitation Support Services took the first step toward meeting that need Wednesday night, appearing before the city Planning Commission and Sixth Ward neighbors to outline a plan to eventually bring 64 affordable apartments here.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Boston Brass Jazz Band In Concert

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CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Boston Brass treats audience to one-of-a-kind musical experience featuring classical, burning jazz standards. Tickets, $25 general admission. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St.,Oneonta. 607-433-7252 or visit oneontaconcertassociation.org

KITE FESTIVAL – 6 p.m. Build your own kite then see if it can fly without wind at indoor kite fly event. All ages welcome, cost $3. Old School Gymn Genesee St., Cherry Valley. 607-264-3080 or visit www.facebook.com/cherryvalleyartworks/

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Benefit Planned For Trinity O’Connor

Benefit Friday For Trinity O’Connor

Friends at Otsego Electric Coop are planning a benefit for Trinity O’Connor at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Hartwick American Legion Post 1567, at  3088 County Highway 11. Trinity, who is 3, was diagnosed with pediatric neuroblastoma and is undergoing treatments at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. In addition to a spaghetti dinner, a Chinese auction and raffle are planned.
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Richfield Springs Rotary Hosts Faso This Evening

Richfield Springs Rotary

Hosts Faso This Evening

John Faso

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19th, will make a campaign stop at 5:30 p.m. today at Richfield Springs Central School at the invitation of the local Rotary Club.

He will speak and answer questions for an hour.

His Democratic challenger, Antonio Delgado, spoke at the Richfield Spring Public Library on Aug. 23.  The general election is Nov. 6.

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Chamber To Honor 2 Small Businesses At Otesaga Banquet

Chamber To Honor

2 Small Businesses

At Gala At Otesaga

Directive, Reuse Center, 2 Interns Lauded

ONEONTA – The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce today announced the award winners who will be honored at its annual Small Business Banquet Thursday, Oct. 11, at The Otesaga Resort Hotel.

Directive, a website and online marketing firm, will be the 19th annual Small Business of the Year.  The Otsego Reuse Center will be the Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Breakthrough Business of the  Year.

Two interns – one from Hartwick College; one from SUNY Oneonta – will also be honored.

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Again, Fire Board Will Try To Dissolve; Town Says It’ll Sue To Stop It

Again, Fire Board Will

Try To Dissolve; Town

Says It’ll Sue To Stop It

Supervisor Wood Says 12-15 Months Needed
To Allow For Orderly Transition Of Duties

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Town Supervisor Bob Wood said the fire commissioners are having a “temper tantrum.”

ONEONTA – Failing to vote to dissolve last night in the face of objections from the audience, the Town of Oneonta’s Board of Fire Commissioners is planning to meet again tomorrow evening to try again.

The commissioners have scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday at Elm Park United Methodist Church, and may take two actions:  One, pass a proposed $395,000 budget; two, dissolve.

Town Supervisor Bob Wood said a few minutes ago it seems like the fire commissioners are having “a temper tantrum.”

And, Wood said, if the commissioners vote to dissolve, the town will sue them, seeking through an Article 78 proceeding to prevent such an action for 12-15 months, to allow an orderly transition.

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Maj. Norma Jean Hager, 77; Retired From Salvation Army
IN MEMORIAM

Maj. Norma Jean Hager, 77;

Retired From Salvation Army

Since, She Knitted 453 Afghans For Bassett Newborns

MILFORD – Maj. Norma Jean Hager, who retired from the Salvation Army after a four-decade career, was promoted to glory on Sept. 18, 2018, in Milford, where she had retired.

She was the daughter of Charles & Charlotte (Stilson) Cargill born on Dec. 31, 1940, in Oneonta.

Norma attended school in Oneonta and graduated from OHS in June of 1959. In September 1959 she entered the Salvation Army School for Officers Training as a cadet in The Bronx, NY to become an officer (pastor).

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