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Reporter's Notebook

June 22, 2013

City Hall isn't the only spot to meet officials

Oneonta Common Council members are meeting for coffee downtown early Tuesday mornings, and they invite constituents to join them.

The 8 to 9 a.m. coffee meetings, which began this month, are being held at Collage Food Boutique in the Shops at Ford & Main, across from City Hall, a media release said. No formal business will be conducted.

“Common Council members don’t have offices in City Hall, and meetings can be inconvenient or intimidating,” Bob Brzozowski, Seventh Ward council member said in the release. “We hope that this will provide a way of increasing communication.”

Everyone is invited to join council members for informal conversation, thanks to Zijin Wu and Frank Efrain Lopez of Collage, who are opening an hour early on Tuesdays to accommodate the weekly get-together, the release said.

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has included some area sites among 17 properties, resources and districts recommended to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of state and the nation, according to a June 14 media release from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

There are 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.

Listing properties on the registers can assist owners in revitalizing the structures, with eligibility for public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

After recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, properties are listed on the state Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, if approved, entered on the National Register.

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