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February 11, 2014

Common Council to take look at Main Street study

By Denise Richardson Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — The Oneonta street-scape project to enhance Main Street downtown will go to the Common Council for approval, then be returned to the Community Improvement Committee for oversight and implementation.

The Community Improvement Committee reviewed several on-going projects during a meeting at City Hall on Monday night. CIC accepted the Oneonta Downtown Main Street Streetscape Assessment and is recommending its approval by the council.

City Manager Michael Long said the Common Council’s adoption of the plan will help in applications the city files for grant funding. The street light improvements last year were part of the review process, said Long, who initiated the assessment after joining the city in October 2012.

Haas Landscape Architects of Binghamton recently completed the $3,500 study, which evaluates current characteristics and includes some recommendations to enhance appearance and function, among other improvements.

Also on Monday, CIC Chairman Bob Brzozowski made a list of “quality of life” projects to prioritize. The list included the street-scape study, several housing initiatives and programs, code office responsiveness and improvement projects at the Market Street entrance to Neahwa Park and the Wilber Park bath house.

Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller updated the board on a proposed lease between the city and the Oneonta Outlaws to rent Damaschke Field under a two-year contract instead of a per game basis.