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EDITORIAL: It’s Decision Time. But Is There The Will?

Editorial, May 5, 2018

It’s Decision Time.

But Is There The Will?

Gary Herzig

Question: Can Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig’s administration make tough decisions?
For one thing, whether or not to condemn the Twelve Tribes’ blighted Oneonta Ford property has been hanging fire since before Herzig took office. He’s now in his second term.
There is state money in hand to demolish what is a public hazard and state money to prepare the site for new construction. All that’s hanging fire is a tough decision.


Now, the April 30 deadline to clear out the venerable but – city inspectors have found – dangerous Oneonta Hotel is passed. Where’s the decision that’s been promised for months?
City Hall’s Board of Public Service declared the property unsafe in January 2017, 16 months ago. And still the building is occupied, and businesses are functioning on the ground floor.
You have to ask, what’s City Hall’s liability –and that of local taxpayers — if a fire or some other misfortune were to happen?
It’s past time to make a tough decision. Question: Can the Herzig Administration make it?
Question 2: Common Council has barely debated any issue publicly in months. Where are the Council members?

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Slowly, But Now, Quickly Cooperstown Motel Goes

Slowly, But Now, Quickly

Cooperstown Motel Goes

Jake Brown, operating Burrell Excavating’s excavator, turned the corner a few minutes at the elbow of the Cooperstown Motel, which is being demolished to make way for a new CVS pharmacy. Brown estimates the demolition, which began last Friday, will be done by day’s end tomorrow. The ruins had sat there, untended for 10 months since the motel burned last Aug. 9. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Demolition Begins On Site Of CVS’ Future Pharmacy

Demolition Begins On Site

Of CVS’ Future Pharmacy

Jake Brown from Burrell’s Excavating, Norwich, smooths over the parking lot of the former Cooperstown Motel a few minutes ago after knocking down a fence and removing utilities from the ground. A small bulldozer is also on site, pushing hundreds of items – from furniture to appliances – from the motel’s basement; already, the bed of one dump truck has been filled and hauled from the property, and more material is being piled up in the property’s southwest corner. Brown said demolition of the building itself will probably begin Monday, and take two days. The hotel burned last Aug. 9, the result of what has been ruled an arson, although no suspects have been arrested. CVS is planning a full-service pharmacy there, to open next March. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Fence Goes Up As Motel Demolition Looms

Fence Rises At CVS Site

As Motel Demolition Due

With demolition slated to begin later this week, fencing has gone up around the remains of the former Cooperstown Motel, which burned last August in a blaze later determined to be arson. CVS has since purchased the property and will build their new store on the reclaimed site, with a projected opening date of March 2018. (Jim Kevlin/AlOTSEGO.com)
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East St. Demolition Marks Beginning of New Green Entrance to Hartwick College

 

67 East St. Demolition Marks Beginning

Of Greener Entrance To Hartwick College

The last pieces of 67 East st. fall under the bucket of the Excavator, operated by Mike French, Unadilla, while David Pierce , Oneonta, hoses the debris to keep dust down under the eye of Michael Sherlock, Oneonta. The demolition of two former student residential houses located at 67-69 East St. by Eastman and Associates was completed Thursday and marks the first step in Hartwick Colleges' plan to redo the entrance area to the college. A nearby retaining wall will also be removed and leveled off, then being turned into a green space. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
The last pieces of 67 East St., Oneonta,, fall under the bucket of the Excavator, operated by Mike French, Unadilla, while David Pierce, Oneonta, hoses the debris to keep dust down under the eye of Michael Sherlock, Oneonta. The demolition of two former student residential houses at 67 and 69 East St. by Eastman & Associates was completed Thursday and marks the first step in Hartwick College’s master plan to redo the entrance area to the college. Plans also include the removal of a stone retaining wall along the street before  the area is leveled off and  turned into a green space. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)

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