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Michelle Frazier

Needed Upgrades in City’s Security Systems Delayed

Council Committee Split On Study

Is City Hall Secure?

Question Stirs Debate

OPEC Chairman David Rissberger and commitee member Michelle Frazier joust over how to approach a security review of City Hall and five other city-owned buildings. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – How secure is City Hall and its related facilities?

That question stirred a lively debate over whether to spend $16,500 on a “facility-security study” at last night’s meeting of Common Council’s OPEC, the Operations Planning and Evaluation Committee.

Council members Michelle Frazier and John Rafter opposed the idea, and OPEC chairman Dave Rissberger, backed up by City Manager George Korthauer, supporting it.  With OPEC member Michelle Osterhoudt absent, action was delayed for a week.

This is the second time the proposal by Binghamton-based McFarland Johnson was set aside.  At last week’s Common Council meeting, Mayor Gary Herzig removed the motion from the agenda to allow OPEC review.

Water Mainline Replacement Project Will Slow Down, Disrupt Main Street for 200 Days


Water Project Swaps

Short-Term Pain For

More Pressure, Quality

City Engineer Greg Mattice explains the 200-day water-upgrade project that beings on Oneonta’s Main Street April 15.  He is flanked by City Manager George Korthauer and First Ward Common Council member Michele Frazier.  (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – It will take 200 days and three separate stages to replace the Main Street water line from the Post Office to East End Avenue, beginning April 15.

On the other hand, “It will be all new water piping and increase water flow and capabilities,” Common Council member Michele Frazier, First Ward, told a public meeting last evening at Valleyview Elementary.

City Manager George Korthauer and City Engineer Greg Mattice joined Frazier in briefing the gathering.

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