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Huntington Library Aims For Thursday Re-Opening

Huntington Library Aims

For Thursday Re-Opening

The Huntington Memorial Library is aiming to re-open this Thursday, Feb. 21, after being closed for renovations. Above, Melanie Castine, library clerk, moves newspapers through the main room, which will remain closed until construction is completed, as will the children’s reading room. However, as library clerk Kyle Melligan, right, demonstrates, carts of picture books will be made available throughout the library on a rotating basis for check-out and reading. Though construction is ongoing in the main room, the mystery reading room and the front desk will be accessible when the library re-opens. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

New Milford Church Sanctuary Begins Construction This Week

Congregation Breaks Ground

On Milford Methodist Church

Pastor Sylvia Barrett, center, digs the ceremonial first shovel full of dirt marking the first step in the construction of the new sanctuary at Milford Methodist Church. She was joined in this celebration by all of her congregation, including, from left, Tom Rathbone, Lola Rathbone, Erica Eggleston, Laura Eggleston, Milford Mayor Brian Pokorny, architect Jim Hunt, the Rev. Tom LeBeau, Cooperstown Methodist pastor, and Annika Murray.  Eastman & Associates was due to start construction Monday.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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?

Streetscape Work Begins In Downtown Oneonta

Streetscape Work Begins

In Downtown Oneonta

Work on the downtown Oneonta streetscape has officially begun! Here, Lasting Impression Landscaping workers Bill Latham, and Brent Trembell, both of Hobart, use a masonry saw to cut up the sidewalk this morning. The removal is in anticipation of new planters which will be installed later. While the sidewalk is cluttered, it is not closed and local businesses remain open. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Work on the downtown Oneonta streetscape has officially begun! Here, Lasting Impression Landscaping workers Bill Latham, and Brent Trembell, both of Hobart, use a masonry saw to cut up the sidewalk this morning. The removal is in anticipation of new planters which will be installed later. While the sidewalk is cluttered, it is not closed and local businesses remain open. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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