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Guest Column

May 25, 2013

A closer look at the Oneonta town survey


Town residents did not support a merger with the City of Oneonta with 56 percent opposing, 23 percent supporting and 21 percent not sure.

62 percent did not want the town to fund the Oneonta Airport but 73 percent do support funding the Huntington Library. Only eight percent of town residents said they use public transportation.

Environmental protection was an area residents questioned. 49 percent were satisfied with current regulations, 29 percent were not, and 22 percent are not sure.

60 percent think the town and the city should work together to protect the reservoir.

Gas drilling has been a hot button issue. 67 percent of respondents are not in favor of drilling, 20 percent are and 13 percent are not sure.

72 percent do not want to see drilling anywhere in the town. The survey indicated that people were more accepting of commercial solar energy, with support from 72 percent of respondents. Commercial wind got 70 percent, and commercial bio-fuel had 53 percent support.

Generally people expressed satisfaction with town services. 85 percent said they were satisfied with fire protection; 84 percent with snow removal; 72 percent with law enforcement; 68 percent with road maintenance; 49 percent with environmental protection; 40 percent with affordable housing and 31 percent with economic development.

Two areas had responses that did not show a majority. John Zogby suggested that reasons for this are typically a lack of knowledge or genuine split in opinions. The idea of a road-use agreement garnered 33 percent yes, 24 percent no and 43 percent not sure. It seems that perhaps people need more information about road-use agreements.

The other issue was financial support of law enforcement. Funding constables was supported by 38 percent, police by 33 percent, sheriff 33 percent and not sure 33 percent. Since 72 percent reported being satisfied with law enforcement, it seems likely that we don’t need to change what we’re doing.

The Town of Oneonta Comprehensive Plan Committee has been reviewing this data and meeting regularly to update our comprehensive plan. The meetings are announced in the newspaper and on the town website. Please come to these meetings if you are interested in how our community will look in the future. Also please visit the town website for the complete survey results.

ROBERT T. WOOD is the Town of Oneonta Supervisor.

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