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Mayor Herzig Appoints Comprehensive Plan Committee

Mayor Appoints Committee

To Revise City’s Comp Plan

Mayor Gary Herzig announces the nine members of the steering committee for the city’s updated Comprehensive Plan (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Council Member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, will serve on the committee.

By LIBBY CUDMORE

Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Council member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, Greater Oneonta Historical Society Executive Director Bob Brzozowski, developer Seth Clark and Destination Oneonta’s Rachel Jessup were all named this evening to the Steering Committee to update the city’s comprehensive master plan.

“This is the group that will facilitate the update to the 2007 comprehensive plan, incorporating the City’s vision, addressing the railyards and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative,” said Mayor Gary Herzig.

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2 Dozen Concerned Citizens Discuss Oneonta Theater Fate

2 Dozen Concerned Citizens

Discuss Oneonta Theater Fate

Meg Hungerford, City of Oneonta finance director, advises two dozen people concerned about the fate of the Oneonta Theater that supporters should develop a plan of action if they want City Hall to help them in seeking grants and annual CFA state funding. The citizens had gathered at a “Community Conversation” this morning at the Oneonta History Center, concerned about reports that theater owner Tom Cormier, who has had the property on the market for the past year, is running out of patience.  Full details in this week’s Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands tomorrow afternoon.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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City Saves YMCA Parks Program

City of Oneonta Saves

YMCA Parks Program

YMCA board members and administrators – from left, Cindy Struckle, Beth Goetz, Kristy Lawson, Sarah Manchester, Frank Russo, Carin Eaton, Anne Gregory and Don Tubia – were present this evening to hear Common Council decide to fund the Summer Parks Program in the 2017 budget.  In part, the money to fund the $22,000 program was made from closing the Wilber Park pool for the final two weeks of the summer season, at a savings of $6,000. Last year, City Treasurer Meg Hungerford reported, only 100 people used the pool in that time. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
YMCA board members and administrators – from left, Cindy Struckle, Beth Goetz, Kristy Lawson, Sarah Manchester, Frank Russo, Carin Eaton, Anne Gregory and Don Tubia – were present this evening to hear Common Council decide to fund the Summer Parks Program in the 2017 budget. In part, the money to fund the $22,000 program was made from closing the Wilber Park pool for the final two weeks of the summer season, at a savings of $6,000. Last year, City Treasurer Meg Hungerford reported, only 100 people used the pool in that time. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Meg Hungerford Steps Down As Acting City Manager

Hungerford Steps Down

As Acting City Manager

Meg Hungerford will stay on as Finance Director, but step down as Acting City Manager.
Meg Hungerford plans to stay on as finance director, but has resigned as acting city manager.

ONEONTA – Meg Hungerford announced her resignation, effective May 31, from the position of acting city manager during an executive session at the end of last night’s Common Council meeting.

She said she will continue in her other position, as City Hall’s finance director.

“Meg has done an extraordinary job, often filling in for three people,” said Mayor Gary Herzig.  “But it often required her to work nights and weekends, and it had a big impact on her family.  I respect her decision to put her family first.”

Hungerford has served as acting city manager since July 2015, after the suspension and resignation of City Manager Martin Murphy.  Previously, she had served in that role after the firing of the city’s first city manager, Mike Long, in May 2014.

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COUNCIL CONSIDERS PAYING $123,620 TO HUNGERFORD

COUNCIL CONSIDERS PAYING

$123,620 TO HUNGERFORD

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ONEONTA – When it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Common Council will consider a motion to give Acting City Manager Meg Hungerford a stipend that will raise her interim pay level higher than either of the city’s first two city managers.

According to the agenda released this afternoon, the motion is for a stipend of $39,074.  That is in addition to her finance director salary of $79,546, plus $5,000 extra she received after charter revision designated her acting city manager when the regular city manager is away.

That’s a total of $123,620, more than the $115,000 the first city manager, Mike Long, was making when he retired in the spring of 2014, and more than the $110,000 the second city, Martin Murphy, was making when he resigned in July.

The stipend will be pro-rated so, if the stipend is approved, Hungerford will receive $13,025 between now and the end of the year.

REVIEW COMMON COUNCIL AGENDA FOR TUESDAY, SEPT. 1

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Council Declines Proposed Stipend For Acting City Manager Meg Hungerford

Council Fails To Gain Majority

To Approve Hungerford Stipend

Meg Hungerford, treasurer and Acting City Manager, was "disappointed" by the vote. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
City Finance Director Meg Hungerford, the acting city manager, was “disappointed” by the vote. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)

ONEONTA – With her allies – Council members Mike Lynch and Larry Malone – absent from this evening’s Common Council meeting, a motion to give Acting City Manager Meg Hungerford a $31,771 stipend failed for lack of a majority.

The vote in favor of the stipend was 4-2, with  Dave Rissberger and Bob Brzozowski voting no.  Rissberger specifically cited budget concerns.   “This isn’t a reflection on the job Meg is doing,”  he said.

Under the City Charter, Hungerford, as city finance director, automatically became acting city manager after City Manager Martin Murphy’s suspension on Friday, July 17.

FURTHER DETAILS IN THIS WEEK’S HOMETOWN ONEONTA

ON NEWSSTANDS IN THE CITY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

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Raise Considered For Acting City Manager

Raise Considered For Acting City Manager

ONEONTA – Common Council will consider giving City Finance Director Meg Hungerford a $31,771 raise while she serves as acting city manager until a successor is found to Martin Murphy, who left city employ in July.
The item was the topic of a “supplemental agenda” to the agenda for Tuesday evening’s regular council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

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