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November 6, 2012

Council to consider budget, OH-Fest

ONEONTA — The city budget, OH-Fest and appointing an acting city manager will be among topics before the Common Council at tonight’s meeting, the mayor said.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall, at 258 Main St.

Mayor Dick Miller said he will update the council about projected deficits for this year and next year and present some options for members to consider to address in next year’s plan.

Layoffs aren’t among options, he said Monday.

A proposed budget will be distributed next week as required by the City Charter, Miller said, and the financial document will be laid on the table at the council’s meeting two weeks from tonight.

Last December, the council adopted a $19.9 million budget for 2012. The plan carried an increase of 11 percent increase in spending and was within the property tax cap imposed by state law.

Also at tonight’s meeting, Miller said, he will suggest that city representatives participate with organizers in discussions about next spring’s OH-Fest, including possible downtown and park components. The mayor said his proposal is that Police Chief Dennis Nayor and council members Bob Brzozowski of the Seventh Ward and Chip Holmes of the Eighth Ward take on the responsibilities.

OH-Fest, presented by the State University College at Oneonta and Hartwick College, has become a traditional spring event that features a downtown carnival for students and local families and a concert in Neahwa Park. Last year, unlike previous years, the concert was held at the SUNY Oneonta campus.

Among business actions, council members will consider approving the city manager’s designation of Meg Hungerford, director of finance, as acting city manager.

The appointment is to be made in accordance the City Charter and would take effect immediately, the council agenda said.

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