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Town of Oneonta

Classifieds 10-13-17

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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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Herzig To Fire Commissioners: Stop Spreading Falsehoods

Herzig Chides Fire Board:

Stop Spreading Falsehoods

Ron Peters, left, sits next to Town of Oneonta Fire Commissioners Johna Peachin and Fred Volpe during Common Council earlier this evening. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mayor Gary Herzig read a statement refuting the claims the commissioners made to the Town Board.

By MICHAEL RODA

Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – At tonight’s Common Council meeting, Mayor Gary Herzig publicly chided Town of Oneonta Fire District commissioners for what he described as telling tales out of school.

While Fire Commissioners Johna Peachin and Fred Volpe sat stony-faced in the gallery, Herzig took them on for, he said, briefing Town Supervisor Bob Wood and the town board about long-stalled negotiations over the contract so the city’s professional department can continue providing services in the town.

On May 1, Herzig said, he and the other city negotiators, Finance Officer Meg Hungerford and Council member Russ Southard met with Peachin and Fire Commissioner Mike Butler.  At that time, they agreed “negotiations would remain confidential and public comment should be avoided.”

“The city has honored that agreement with no public report having been provided – not even to the city’s Common Council. For this reason, I was both surprised and disappointed when the Commissioners recently presented a public report to the Town of Oneonta Supervisor and Board members.”

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Classifieds 9-15-17

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City Joins Town For OCCA Grants

City Joins Town In Steps

To Fight Climate Change

Danny Lapin, OCCA environmental planner, presents his proposal to Common Council to join with the Town of Oneonta to seek funding through National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to develop a water-management plan to determine what steps could be taken at no cost in Greater Oneonta to help combat global climate change. The council agreed to move ahead on the project (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com).
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Hugh Henderson, Community Leader

IN MEMORIAM

Hugh Henderson, 

Community Leader

Hugh I. Henderson Sr., 1937-2017

ONEONTA – Hugh I. Henderson Sr., who dedicated much of his life to the public service of Oneonta and Otsego County,  died peacefully at home, following an extended illness, on Friday, April 14, 2017.

He was born March 18, 1937, at Parshall Hospital in Oneonta, the son of Robert L. Henderson Sr. and Marie Elizabeth Henderson.

As a child he lived in Davenport and East Meredith.  In 1946, his family moved to a dairy farm on Southside Drive. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1954.

Hugh and his brother Bob operated the family dairy farm on Southside for more than 50 years, until October 2000, when the brothers sold their cows, ending more than a half-century of this family-owned business.

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Fire Chief: Christopher’s Fire Started In Dining Room

Fire Chief: Christopher’s Blaze

Started In Front Dining Room

Oneonta Assistant Fire Chief Jim Maloney, front, confers with fire investigators, while Don Tubia, left, helps sift through the rubble of the front right corner, where the early-morning fire that destroyed Christopher’s Restaurant is believed to have started. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – The overnight fire that destroyed Christopher’s Restaurant on Southside started in the front right corner of the building, a dining area, according to Oneonta Fire Chief Patrick Pigeon.

A passerby called the fire in at 2:20 a.m. and crews arrived less than five minutes later to find the fire fully involved. “We started an aggressive attack through the front doors, but after 10 minutes, we realized it wasn’t going to work,” said Pigeon. “The fire was already up in the roof system.”

According to Pigeon, they spent another 20 minutes inside trying to battle the blaze, but with so many rooms, the fire was impossible to contain. “We would douse one room, and the fire would just be pushed to the next,” he said.

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Fire Destroys Christopher’s Restaurant

FIRE DESTROYS

CHRISTOPHER’S

Oneonta Landmark Burns Overnight

The fire that broke out overnight completely destroyed Christopher’s Restaurant on Southside.  The landmark was unique locally:  It was built and decorated as an Adirondack lodge, evident in the trophies (foreground) that decorated the walls. The cause remains under investigation (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – The Oneonta Fire Department is still on the scene after an early morning blaze destroyed landmark Christopher’s Restaurant on Southside.

The call came into the city fire department at 2:20 a.m. and professional firefighters arrived on the scene to find the restaurant fully engulfed.  “It no longer exists,” said fireman Al Sayers Lutz. “It’s been completely destroyed.”

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