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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.

SHARING FINANCE DIRECTOR WITH NORWICH WAS AIRED

SHARING FINANCE DIRECTOR

WITH NORWICH WAS AIRED

$15,000-20,000 Extra Pay Discussed, Former City Manager Says
Norwich City Hall, left, and Oneonta's had discussed sharing the services of the latter's finance director.
Norwich City Hall, left, and Oneonta’s had discussed sharing the services of the latter’s finance director.

By JIM KEVLIN • for allotsego.com

ONEONTA – While Dick Miller was mayor, discussions were initiated with the City of Norwich about the possibility of sharing the services of Oneonta Finance Director Meg Hungerford, three days here, two days in the Chenango County seat, according to former city manager Martin Murphy.

Murphy said today, recapping a conversation in July, that he was surprised to learn of the idea – after Mayor Miller’s passing and he was three months into the job – at a meeting in January with Norwich Mayor Joseph Maiurano.

“I was very surprised to learn the discussions had gotten to that point without me being aware of what was going on,” he said.  “It all came as a surprise to me.”

The idea was that the finance director would receive an additional stipend of $15,000-20,000, Murphy recalled.  “We never really got to that point,” he added.

Telephone Service Out At Oneonta City Hall

Telephone Service Out At Oneonta City Hall

Oneonta City Hall
Oneonta City Hall

ONEONTA – Please be aware that the telephones at City Hall are currently out of service.  The city is awaiting service from its telephone contractor.

Both emergency phones and non-emergency numbers at the Oneonta Police Department and Oneonta Fire Department ARE working.  Phone service to Oneonta City Court is working normally.

                The Oneonta Police Department non-emergency number is (607)432-1113

               The Oneonta Fire Department non-emergency number is (607)433-3480

               The Oneonta City Court number is (607)432-4480

                         For a Police, Fire or Medical Emergency, please dial 911.

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