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February 13, 2013

Town mulls longer drilling moratorium

Extending a moratorium on natural gas drilling will be among topics reviewed at the Oneonta Town Board meeting at 7:30 tonight.

Supervisor Robert Wood said an extension is under consideration because the board hasn’t completed an update of its comprehensive plan. The moratorium expires in March, he said, and a hearing on the extension proposal may be set for next month’s board meeting.

Tonight, the board will consider designating Coughlin and Gerhart of Binghamton as legal firm representing the town, with basic legal services costing $20,000 prorated for the year, he said.

The Public Safety Committee will present a proposal from the city of Oneonta to provide police coverage, Wood said. Decisions about constable and police coverage in the town have been on hold because of a pending lawsuit, he said, and the town board is surveying residents for comments about law enforcement and other town services.

The city’s proposal outlines one patrol in the town per eight-hour shift, seven days a week, at a cost of $80,000, or two patrols per shift for an additional $65,000, according to a memo from the city provided by Wood. The proposal specifies roads on the patrol and other practices.

Tonight’s meeting will be at Town Hall in West Oneonta. Wood said regular town board meetings will be at 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month.

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