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May 20, 2013

Library, airport on council agenda

The Oneonta Common Council will consider the future of the Huntington Memorial Library and of the municipal airport, among other business, during a meeting Tuesday night.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be in council chambers at City Hall at 258 Main St. downtown.

Marie Bruni, library director for more than 30 years, will retire at the end of July, Mayor Dick Miller said Sunday. Bruni and Ann Adamo, chairwoman of the Huntington Memorial Library Board of Trustees, will speak during Tuesday night’s meeting, he said.

Huntington Memorial Library, the largest library in Otsego County, provides current popular materials for all age levels and buys current reference and circulating materials to answer information needs of citizens, the library’s website says. The collection has more than 68,000 items, and more than 9,000 residents have library cards.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, council members will discuss a strategy for Oneonta Municipal Airport, Miller said.

The airport mostly is used for recreational flying, but also serves charter flights, Miller said. The airport is largely supported by the federal government, he said, and the bottom line is that the facility costs the city about $50,000 a year. 

The council will consider a motion Tuesday to accept a proposal submitted by McFarland-Johnson Inc. of Binghamton as consultant to develop a proposal for airport planning.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires and pays for the city to have a consulting engineer for planning purposes, such as designing improvements, Miller said.

For more than a decade, Clough Harbour & Associates in Albany has been the city’s airport consultant, Miller said.

The city ran into trouble in late 2011 when the state Department of Environmental Conservation ordered it to halt a FAA-mandated tree-cutting project over permitting and erosion issues. Clough Harbour provided engineering and oversight for the project.

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