WEST ONEONTA – The Oneonta Town Board has scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, after which it can vote to create a new fire district, ending more than two years of uncertainty on whether 80 percent of the town would continue to be served by the city’s paid, fulltime Oneonta Fire Department.
Town Supervisor Bob Wood said he and city Mayor Gary Herzig took “an hour and half” of negotiation to reach a new fire contract between the town and city, an achievement that had eluded the now dissolved town Board of Fire Commissioners for more than two years.
COOPERSTOWN – State Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma today issued a decision that appears to clear the way for the dissolution of the Town of Oneonta Fire District and the end to the city’s contract to provide fire coverage to Southside Oneonta and other neighborhoods.
Specifically, Coccoma dismissed the Town of Oneonta’s lawsuit and said it has no standing to prevent the town Board of Fire Commissioners from dissolving.
Fire Commission Chair Johna Peachin immediately scheduled a meeting for 1:30 p.m. at the Elm Park Methodist Church in Oneonta, and could vote within the hour to dissolve and leave town residents and businesses in limbo.
Please check back; this is a developing story. Managing Editor Libby Cudmore will be reporting from the fire district commission meeting.