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August 20, 2013

Street closings requested for parade, feature film

By Denise Richardson Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — The Oneonta Common Council will consider two requests for street closings —one for a film project and the other for a parade commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights march in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago. 

The council meets at City Hall, 258 Main St., at 7 tonight, and the agenda also includes motions for a bus service contract for students at the State University College at Oneonta and notification from two businesses seeking liquor licenses from the state.

Oneonta City Manager Michael Long said Monday that the street closures would allow independent filmmakers to use a section of Dietz Street on two days next month and next week would support an event that will pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy.

Organizers of the MLK anniversary event seek a parade and street closure permit for a section of Main Street downtown from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Long said the parade would start from the parking garage on Water Street, progress up Chestnut Street Extension and continue from Main Street to Ford Avenue, then turn onto Ford to the Unitarian Universalist Church, where an interfaith service is planned for 7 p.m. 

Long said a film-making firm proposes using Dietz Street between Main Street and the NBT  Bank drive-through site, and street closures have been requested for 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 15. The city wants to maintain access to businesses in the area and to the Wall Street parking lot, Long said, and vehicular and pedestrian traffic would be permitted or restricted depending on filming for “The Automatic Hate.” 

Act Zero Films will be co-producing and providing production services for the independent feature film, “The Automatic Hate,” according to the Brooklyn-based firm’s website. The film is produced by Anonymous Content’s Alix Madigan and Lacey Leavitt and directed by Justin Lerner. 

Other business on the council’s agenda includes:

• A motion to authorize the mayor to execute a contract for bus service with SUNY Oneonta for the academic periods August through May, not to exceed $222,500.

• Notification of plans to request liquor licenses from the state Liquor Authority from Via Tosca II Inc., doing business as Toscana, at 76 Chestnut St., and David Delker and Karen Beers, doing business as Nina’s, at 299 Main St.