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January 30, 2014

Step Back in Time: Jan. 30, 2014

25 years agoJan. 30, 1989

They hadn’t even cut the ribbon for Delaware County’s $4 million office building in 1986 and the county was already out of room, and looking for more.

In Norwich, Chenango County supervisors are searching for a site to build a $3 million annex to an existing office building and in Cooperstown, Otsego County legislators have bought and begun renovating a former grocery store for $1.5 million. In Schoharie, county supervisors built a big, new office building where there is enough space, but it cost $6 million and required a county sales tax to pay for it.

That’s typical of the growth of county government, as a continuing spiral of more programs, more employees and bigger budgets has resulted in exploding space needs. From 1984 to 1989, total county employees in the four-county area went from 1,801 to 2,091, a 16.1 percent boost. Meanwhile, budgets for each of those counties climbed by an average of $9.5 million, a 46 percent leap.

 50 years agoJan. 30, 1964

The final phase of construction at Fox Hospital to turn the yet unused third floor of the new wing into an integral and important part of the hospital has begun.

Workmen of Holloway and Associates, Delhi, moved in Monday to begin installation of the necessary equipment that will turn the empty third floor into an intensive care unit; a recovery room area; a 29-bed nursing care unit, and a suite of private patient rooms.

Scheduled to be completed in late June, the beginning of the final phase actually got started almost a month behind schedule, Hospital Administrator Edward C. Ackerman said.

The completion of the third floor will place, under one roof, a complex of some of the most extensive and modern facilities available to a hospital in the area.

Estimated cost of the new facilities now being completed, is $200,000, Mr. Ackerman reported.

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