Brian Wilcox, of Wilcox Construction Co., Norwich, top, examines the first two of 15 “tiny homes” behind the county’s Meadows Office Complex, Town of Middlefield. The small structures are a county Board of Representatives’ initiative to provide temporary housing for the county’s homeless. Inset, Senior County Planner Erik Scrivener examines the space in one of the structures where the bathroom will be located. The small homes are designed by Mike Steiger, Smsa Architectural Services, Cassville, and are being built by SUNY Delhi construction students at the Delaware County campus, then transported here. Under construction on site is a community center, and plans are to power the complex, to the degree possible, with geothermal and solar powers, according to County Planning Director Karen Sullivan. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
So Far, 27 Counties Decide To Opt Out
By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
The question still remaining is whether the Otsego County Board of Representatives will charge a nickel for each paper bag used. That’s not settled.
County Planning Director Karen Sullivan and
Planner-Trainee/Recycling Coordinator, Shane Digan, raised the idea Monday at county board’s Solid Waste and Environment Committee (SWEC) meeting.
The survey, by the county Planning Department and Otsego Rural Housing Assistance, found 14 percent of respondents believe their homes are “excellent”; 27.6 percent ranked their homes as “poor” or “needs immediate attention.”
More than half of respondents (58 percent) rated their homes as “average.”