Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Sept. 9, 1988
Oneonta Public Transit will provide three round trips to Cooperstown daily beginning sometime next month if the state Department of Transportation OKs the plan.
A hearing is scheduled Sept. 30 for the state to consider the city’s first-time service, according to City Transportation Director John Insetta.
The new route, which could provide up to seven trips a day, will run on an experimental basis for six months, Insetta said.
It will not cost the city anything because rider fares and federal subsidies will pay the $20 per hour operating costs, Insetta said. Tentatively, fares will be no less than $1 each way, he said, because of the federal funding.
The service is available to the public, though officials believe most of the riders will be clients from Opportunities for Otsego, the Department of Social Services in Otsego County and the Office for the Aging.
“In the short term, we feel we can cover our costs with the clientele OFO is providing,” Insetta said. The city will break even on the service if the bus has at least seven riders per trip, according to Insetta.
The service will require the use of a city-owned bus and Insetta said Oneonta has one. For now, it is the backup vehicle for any others that break down. However, Insetta said he is working on state and federal funding for buy another vehicle.
50 years ago
Sept. 9, 1963
Custodial and maintenance employees of the Oneonta city school system won praise Saturday from Board of Education and administrative authorities of the district after the officials made a tour of inspection of the various facilities of the system.
Attics and cellars cleared of hazardous materials and generally good housekeeping throughout all the buildings in the system won the custodial and maintenance employees commendation by the Board members following the tour Saturday morning under guidance of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.
The tour started early Saturday morning and made as its first port of call the New York State Armory where the system rents classrooms for the overflow population at Junior High School.
A visit to the Academy Street Junior High cafeteria showed Board members the classroom space reserved for the overflow population from the Senior High School next door, and a visit to Homemaking House was devoted to a study of the second floor rooms used for the same purpose.
At Plains they were shown how the former cafeteria has been revamped to take care of the sixth grade overflow population.
The tour, arranged by the Building and Grounds Committee, headed by Board vice-president Harold Gage, was for the express purpose of showing board members the manner in which certain improvements had been carried out during the summer and to let them see at close hand the manner in which employees have prepared the buildings for the first week of school.