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May 21, 2013

Survey: Town residents cool to merger


Town residents favored expanding development for reasons of jobs and other opportunities, the survey summary said, but they noted a need to protect the environment. According to results, 70 percent respondents said commercial development within the town should be expanded, and 59 percent said industrial development should be expanded.

This year’s survey was an update of one conducted by the town in 1997. The Oneonta Town Board set aside $25,000 for this year’s study.

According to the executive summary, other survey highlights were:

• Regarding services, town residents were most satisfied, at 85 percent, with fire protection; snow removal, 84 percent; law enforcement, 72 percent; drinking water quality, 71 percent; and road maintenance services, 68 percent.

• Less than half of those surveyed, 49 percent, were satisfied with environmental protection, or the availability of affordable housing, 40 percent.

• When asked about which recreation resource they would like to see expanded, 73 percent said walking paths, 67 percent said bike trails and 56 percent said cross country trails.

Survey results are available through a link on the Town of Oneonta website at

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