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Johna Peachin

Herzig Pulls Nick’s Resolution

In Surprise Move, Herzig

Pulls Nick’s Resolution

Cites FOIL Requests, Council-Member Absences
Otsego County Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan spoke at tonight’s Common Council meeting in support of a $230,000 grant for Nick’s Diner. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

Johna Peachin opposes the grant for Nick’s Diner, saying that the numbers just don’t add up for her. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Citing Freedom of Information Law requests which had yet to be fulfilled, and the absence of three Council members, Mayor Gary Herzig pulled a resolution from the agenda to approve a $230,000 Community Development Block Grant for Nick’s Diner at this evening’s Common Council meeting.

“In respect to people who have submitted FOIL requests and have not received them yet, and in consideration of the Council members who are not present tonight, and to allow Council members to digest some of the comments that were made, I’m going to remove the item from tonight’s agenda,” said Herzig. “I will reschedule it when people have received their FOIL requests and once all of the OtesOtCouncil members have had an opportunity to consider the comments.”

Herzig’s decision came as a surprise, even to himself; he said he only made the decision after hearing the public’s comments.

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Oneonta Fire Commissioners Appoint Ron Peters

 Town Fire Board Declares

Quorum, Elects Ron Peters

Citing what some termed an obscure clause in state construction law, the two remaining members of the Town of Oneonta Fire District, chairman Fred Volpe and Johna Peachin, declared this evening they constitute a quorum on the five-member board, and elected Ron Peters, Peachin’s significant other, as the third member. The fire board was meeting at Elm Park Methodist Church. The three other commissioners had resigned, one – Don Lammana, citing “irreconcilable differences” with the rest of the board. Under most circumstances, two members of a five-member board would not constitute a quorum, and Town Supervisor Bob Wood and Mayor Gary Herzig had expressed hopes three new members might be elected to the fire board in December, opening the way for a possible end to stalled talks to keep the city’s professional Oneonta Fire Department providing fire-fighting services to the town. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Oneonta Fire Commissioners Meet Tonight

Oneonta Fire Commissioners

Meeting Planned For Tonight

ONEONTA – The remaining Town of Oneonta fire commissioners, Johna Peachin and Fred Volpe, will have the regularly scheduled meeting of the Oneonta Fire District tonight at the Elm Park Methodist Church at 6 p.m.

Additionally, former commissioner Don Lamanna’s resignation letter will be read at the Town of Oneonta Board Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

 

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Quorum Lost As 2 More Resign Fire Commission
TOWN, CITY IN KEY NEGOTIATIONS

Quorum Lost As 2 More

Resign Fire Commission

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Two more members of the five-person Town of Oneonta Board of Fire Commissioners have resigned, leaving it without a quorum as it enters a critical stage in negotiations to have professional firefighters continue to serve the town.

Gino Molinari and Don Lamanna tendered their resignations in recent days, according to an Oneonta Town Board member.  Lamanna’s resignation is expected to be read at Wednesday’s town board meeting.

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