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June 19, 2014

Step Back in Time: June 19, 2014

25 years agoJune 19, 1989

Charles Emerson has owned a gas station in Franklin for the last 10 years, but fears he’ll have to close because of new federal regulations governing underground storage tanks will raise his insurance costs.

The regulations, which go into effect next year, call for all business owners with underground fuel tanks of 1,000 gallons or larger to purchase $1 million insurance policies. Emerson, who is now paying a premium of about $1,000 a year, said his costs will likely double.

Instead of paying more for insurance Emerson said he may close down his Getty station, one of two filling stations — and the only full service station in Franklin. If this happens, those who will suffer most will be the old and infirm, he said.

“I take care of the elderly women who can’t pump their own gas. I give them special treatment, such as checking their car’s oil,” Emerson said.

 

50 years agoJune 19, 1964

In an effort to straighten out the problem posed by the location of the proposed Riverside Elementary School in the path of the planned Route 7 by-pass, Board of Education President Ani P. Colone has asked the State Highway Department to consent to a meeting of all parties concerned.

In a letter dispatched recently to the State Highway Department headquarters in Albany, school officials disclosed Thursday, Mr. Colone asked the presence of District Engineer Joseph Federick, Binghamton; Architect Myron A. Jordan, Richfield Springs; the Capital Budget and Planning Commission, and the members of the school board.

The problem came up recently when Mr. Federick pointed out that the currently proposed location of the Riverside School, 280 feet north of the Susquehanna River on the Wilcox Flats, would place the building in the right of way the state proposes to use for the by-pass.

School officials pointed out that the school was originally located 380 feet from the river — was moved back approximately 100 feet to locate it on higher ground after the Capital Budget and Planning Commission asked that the building be so located that the main floor be above the highest recorded flood levels.

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