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June 22, 2013

City Hall isn't the only spot to meet officials

By Denise Richardson
The Daily Star

---- — 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.

The state review board recommendations include the sites below, with descriptions:

• Sidney Historic District, Sidney, Delaware County. The district encompasses archeological sites where prehistoric peoples congregated on the Susquehanna River flats near a confluence with the Unadilla, and also the buildings reflecting Sidney’s development from a quiet agricultural center in the first half of the 19th century to its growth with the arrival of two railroad lines in the 1860s and 1870s.

• Hartwick Historic District, Hartwick, Otsego County. The residential center’s architectural inventory represents its historic development, beginning with its growth around water-powered grist and saw mills on the Otsego Creek in the early 19th-century and shaped in the early 20th-century as the midpoint of a trolley line joining Oneonta and Herkimer.

• Old Hartwick Village Cemetery, Hartwick. The community cemetery was in use by the late 1790s, when the plot was set aside for burying residents of the community settled soon after the American Revolution by New Englanders. The largest proportion of burials dates from the 1820s through the early 1860s.

Delaware County deputies will be able to communicate “much more effectively” with a recently launched smartphone app, according to Sheriff Thomas Mills.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office app is a free download and is available for both iPhone and Android smart devices, according to a media release, and users simply search “MobilePatrol” and after downloading, select the sheriff’s office.

App users will have access to real-time detention center information with mugshots, charges and offender information, the release said, and the app is integrated with the Victim Information and Notification Everyday program, which allows crime victims to be notified about the custody status of an offender.

The app also includes warrants, lists of non-custodial parents and most-wanted criminals, news, the facility location, the sheriff’s office directory and much more.

“The app greatly improves our ability to serve the public, and that’s what we’re here for,” Mills said in the release. “More people are getting the information they need from their smartphones _ we want to make sure we’re using the latest communication technology to keep the public informed, and this app lets us do that.”

DENISE RICHARDSON is a staff reporter for The Daily Star. Contact her at