Council member Chip Holmes, who represents the Eighth Ward, noted that the student associations understood the concerns and seemed committed to addressing them. He also said they would not go forward with a popular Main Street component of the festival without park approval.
“The colleges learned to negotiate,” he said, characterizing their position as: “If we can’t go to the park, we can’t have the Main Street event, because we can’t afford it this year.” He also noted that the Main Street Oneonta organization “really wanted” its event and had offered to help support it.
The salt-shed plan would deal with an ongoing problem. The resolution describes the existing shed as “inadequate, unsafe and severely deteriorated.”
Under the plan, the two entities would each apply for a $200,000 grant through the Local Government Efficiency Grant Program. The city would cover 10 percent, or $44,000, of the estimated cost for the 60- by 72-foot shed, as required by the grant program, the resolution said.
In other business, the council approved a series of grant applications for for single- and multi-family housing rehabilitation, improvements to the water system and to its wastewater treatment plant.
It also agree to reduce building and plumbing-permit fees to $25 for the first $5,000 of work and $2.50 for each additional $1,000 of work.
The council then went into executive session to discuss an unspecified legal matter.