ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today described Mayor Dick Miller as “determined, tenacious” and tireless in working on behalf of the City of Oneonta. Here is Seward’s complete statement following the news of the mayor’s passing:
“I was shocked and saddened by Dick Miller’s sudden and untimely death. Dick brought innovative ideas to Oneonta as college president at Hartwick College and later as mayor. He implemented those ideas in a determined, tenacious manner working tirelessly for those he represented. I partnered with Dick on a number of projects that have bettered our community and considered him a colleague and a friend. My sympathies to his family and all who knew him, he will be greatly missed.”
ONEONTA – The Charter Review Commission is scheduled to report the findings of its four-month study of how the new city charter has been implemented at tonight’s Common Council meeting, beginning at 7.
But Mayor Dick Miller said the recommendations, developed after the abrupt retirement of Oneonta’s first city manager, Mike Long, won’t be considered until the next city manager is hired. “The question becomes, how does the council want to process it (the review commission’s report) once the search is over,” he said.
He doesn’t expect any action by the council this evening. “The response will require a special meeting of council, either in retreat format, or starting early” at a later date, he said.
The commission chair, Laurie Zimniewicz, told him she expects to speak for less than five minutes, Miller said.
The report was included in council members’ agendas, which were distributed on Friday. For full text, check www.allotsego.com after this evening’s meeting.
The editorial in this week’s Hometown Oneonta & Freeman’s Journal newspapers called for Oneonta’s Common Council to convene a broader search committee, including community members, to select a new city manager to, as the headline states, “Ensure Oneonta’s Professional Management Is Model For County.”
In a response issued this afternoon, Mayor Dick Miller, while disagreeing that the search committee needs expanding, issued a reassurance: “It has been and will continue to be the council’s decision as to how this search is conducted and who will be chosen as our next city manager. While it is true that I advise and guide the council, please be assured that each member is certainly capable of making thoughtful, independent decisions which I, as the city’s mayor, will fully respect.”
Here are the texts of the editorial and Mayor Miller’s response: