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City Clerk Nancy Powell Retires; Deputy Clerk Steps Into Role

City Clerk Nancy Powell Retires;

Deputy Clerk Steps Into Position

Nancy Powell

ONEONTA – After five years, City Clerk Nancy Powell has announced her retirement, with deputy clerk Kerriann Harrington expected to be appointed by vote during the Common Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

“Nancy has  a long history with the City of Oneonta,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “She started as Oneonta’s first female firefighter, and has committed to serving the people of the city. We appreciate all she’s done and wish her all the best.”

Herzig, Rissberger Initiating Review Of OPD Practices

Herzig, Rissberger

Initiating Review

Of OPD Practices

Chief Brenner Denounces ‘Practices

That Hurt, Demean, Destroy Trust’

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Brenner
Rissberger
Herzig

ONEONTA – The mayor and a senior Council member have already opened conversations with Police Chief Doug Brenner on how to review departmental operations in the wake of nationwide unrest following the May 25 death of George Floyd while being taking into custody in Minneapolis.

“First of all, I have confidence in our police chief and police department,” Mayor Gary Herzig said a few minutes ago.  “However, this is a time for all of us to do a little introspection and self-awareness and take a look at our operating procedures and our policies to make sure they are designed to do everything that we can to guard against any type of inequality in how we treat the public.”

He expects to be able to announce the form of the review – whether a commission, audit of OPD procedures, through Common Council or some other means – by the end of this week.

Common Council members sworn in, Jan.1, 2020
6 Newcomers, 2 Incumbents Sworn In On New Year’s Day

6 Newcomers, 2 Incumbents

Sworn In On New Year’s Day

ONEONTA  – City Hall is planning a swearing-in ceremony for the six newly elected Common Council members, plus two incumbents, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, in Common Council Chambers at 258 Main St.  Mayor Gary Herzig will preside.

New council members are Luke Murphy (Ward 1), Mark Davies (2), Kati Lipari Shue (4), Len Carson (5), Scott Harrington (6) and Mark Drnek (8).

County Manager Decision Is Near

INFORMATIONAL MEETING 11/14

County Manager

Decision Is Near

The first of two informational meetings on creating a county manager for Otsego County is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Oneonta City Hall.

County Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick, who chairs the county board’s Administration Committee, announced the second will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown.

A public hearing on the creation of a county manager position was set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, the county Board of Representatives next meeting.

After that hearing, the county reps could vote that same day on the position.

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No Tax Hike Foreseen In Proposed 2019 Budget

No Tax Hike Foreseen

In Proposed 2019 Budget

Public Hearing At 6 p.m. Today In City Hall

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – The public hearing on the City of Oneonta’s proposed 2019 budget is at 6 p.m. this evening in Council Chambers,and Mayor Gary Herzig promises some good news.

“I am very pleased there will be no increase property taxes,” he said, “despite increasing costs in other areas, such as personnel.”

With Snow Due, City Hall Allows Parking In Deck

With Snow Due, City Hall

Allowing Parking In Deck

ONEONTA – In anticipation of the predicted snowfall, the City of Oneonta is lifting parking regulations in the parking garage and other municipal lots.

Drivers are reminded that anytime there is more than 2 1/2″ of snowfall, vehicles must be removed from city streets or they are subject to ticketing and/or towing at the vehicle owners expense.

City Hall: Snow Due, So Park In Municipal Lots

City Hall: Snow Due, So Park In Municipal Lots

ONEONTA – In anticipation of up to perhaps 15 inches of snowfall, predicted to begin this evening, City Hall has lifted restrictions of municipal lots as of 7 p.m. today so drivers can park there overnight.  Cars parked on the street are towed after 2 ½ inches of snow falls.

City Hall Position Presents Homecoming For Appointee

City Hall Position Presents

Homecoming For Appointee

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Katie Böttger
Katie Böttger

ONEONTA – For Katie Böttger, joining City Hall as personnel director will be something of a homecoming.

“I’m actually going to be a ‘returning’ resident,” she said, “as I attended and graduated from Hartwick College.

A Canajoharie resident, Böttger, who is due to be appointed Tuesday by Common Council, said not only is she village clerk in Ames, she also serves at tax collector and registrar of vital statistics for the village.

Jeff House Says Farewell to Oneonta City Hall

Jeff House Says Farewell

To Oneonta City Hall

Retiring Housing Rehabilitation Specialist Jeff House looks over the files of grants he's worked on since joining City Hall full-time in 2008. Prior to that, he was a consultant for the city's downtown revitalization efforts for 12 years. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Retiring Housing Rehabilitation Specialist Jeff House looks over the files of grants he’s worked on since joining City Hall full-time in 2008.  Prior to that, he was a consultant for the city’s downtown revitalization efforts for 12 years.  Today is his last day in City Hall, where he was also serving as the Acting Community Development Director after Bill Kerbin’s departure earlier this summer. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Kenneth R. Stiefel, 93; Retired From Oneonta City Department

IN MEMORIAM:  Kenneth R. Stiefel, 93;

Retired From Oneonta City Department

ONEONTA – Kenneth R Stiefel, 93, who retired from the maintenance department at Oneonta City Hall, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016, at Albany Medical Center.

Kenneth was born in Oneonta on Oct. 9, 1922, to Mabel (Moon) and Frederick Stiefel.
He married Esther Coats on Oct. 31, 1953.  They raised a family of four children and shared 47 years together before her passing in 2010.

Third Top Executive Resigns At City Hall

Third Top Executive

Resigns At City Hall

HR Director Kathy Wolverton Steps Aside

Kathy Wolverton
Kathy Wolverton

ONEONTA – Kathy Wolverton, personnel director, has become the third top executive to leave City Hall in recent months.

Mayor Gary Herzig and Common Council accepted Wolverton’s resignation yesterday afternoon.

“While we are sad to have Ms. Wolverton leave City Hall, we expect that her decision to pursue new challenges will prove rewarding,” Herzig and Common Council member Larry Malone, Human Resources Committee chair, said in a statement released a few minutes ago.

Wolverton’s decision comes three months after the forced resignation of City Manager Martin Murphy, and two months since City Clerk Douglas Kendall resigned to become director of Hartwick College’s Yager Museum.

Finance Director Meg Hungerford, who is acting city manager, may now have to shoulder personnel responsibilities as well.

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