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December 18, 2012

Watershed protection isn't dead, official say

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The city of Oneonta owns more land in the proposed district than any other landowner, Long and Wood said, although they were unable to provide a exact figure. Moreover, a considerable number of people in the town receive their water from the city system.

Wood said that 718 addresses receive annual water bills from the city. Three entities receive monthly bills, he said: the State University College at Oneonta; Job Corps and Stericycle. In addition, 14 properties are billed quarterly, he said, including the Plains at Parish Homestead and four trailer parks. At an average of two residents per home, apartment and trailer, upwards of 40 percent of town residents receive city water. All of the public schools are on city water, too.

Most of the speakers at last Tuesday’s meeting expressed support for the plan, but a few residents of the proposed watershed district raised vehement objections to proposed rules on fuel storage, a 5-acre minimum subdivision and septic systems.

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