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May 13, 2014

Step Back in Time: May 13, 2014

25 years agoMay 13, 1989

COOPERSTOWN — Members of the county Buildings Committee have met with Thomas Nelson, a Syracuse area architect, for his presentation on pre-cast concrete structures for a new county jail.

Nelson’s approach, never done before in the state for a jail, uses pre-cast walls and roofs which are lifted into place with a crane and bolted together. The apparent advantage is in faster construction, but not necessarily in cost, according to Rep. Joseph Franzese, R-Cherry Valley, buildings chairman.

“We are looking at this. We will be discussing this with the architectural firm,” Franzese said Friday. “It’s a new type of construction they were presenting to Otsego County.”

Nelson learned of the county’s interest in building a new jail by reading a weekly building trade journal, and arranged to meet with Franzese and the other two committee members, Rep. Kim Muller, D-Oneonta, and Rep. Robert Johnson, R-Unadilla, at their May 10 meeting.

While the use of pre-cast structures appears to be cheaper, Franzese and Nelson’s plan would build only the skeleton of the jail. The county would have to add the plumbing, wiring, monitoring and related systems to complete the jail.

The architect will be chosen after the county has chosen a site for the new jail.


50 years agoMay 13, 1964

COOPERSTOWN — A park with appropriate landscaping, walks, and a fence will be created on the northwest corner of Main and Pioneer Streets.

The site is the vacant lot left following demolition of buildings following the November 10, 1961, fire which gutted the buildings of the Freeman’s Journal Company and several other firms.

The Scriven Foundation of New York City purchased the plot and gave it to the Village of Cooperstown, and the village had agreed to have the lot filled and create a small “park” on the land, with plans to be approved by the Foundation.

At Monday evening’s meeting of the Village Board of Trustees, Mayor William D. Clark reported approval of the preliminary plans, and the Oneonta contracting firm of Neil R. Nielsen was hired to do the work.

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