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April 15, 2014

Step Back in Time: April 15, 2014

25 years agoApril 15, 1989

COOPERSTOWN — A state Department of Health official is urging local governments to take stronger steps to control development of permanent homes along the shores of Otsego and Canadarago lakes, because of the increasing threat of pollution of the lakes and private drinking water systems.

Roger France, senior sanitary engineer for the Health Department in Oneonta, also suggested that the western shore of Canadarago Lake is already developed densely enough to support its own water or sewer system.

“We are concerned about the continued development around the lakes, of year-round residences with substandard conditions for on-site sewage disposal,” France said in a letter to officials in the towns of Richfield, Exeter, Otsego, Middlefield and Springfield, the village of Cooperstown and the Otsego County Planning Department. He added, “Besides the obvious potential for the contamination of the lakes…there is considerable potential for contamination of the individual water sources used.”

But local officials said their towns already have regulations in place to control development near the lakes, and one official doubted a water or sewer system for Canadarago Lake is likely anytime soon.


50 years agoApril 15, 1964

Oneonta is definitely going to have a combined Recreation and Parks Commission, possibly by the first of next year, Mayor Albert S. Nader said Tuesday.

How and when this will be done, how big the new board will be and how it will operate are still subjects for speculation — even to those in the know.

The Common Council Law Committee has been studying the merger for about two weeks. Deadline set by the mayor for the committee report is June 1.

Mr. Nader first proposed combining the boards in his annual message last February. He said the new unit would “make for a more efficient, effective program and will eliminate duplication of effort.”

He has the support of Recreation Commissioner E.C. (Dutch) Damaschke; Parks Board Chairman Harold Keen, veteran Recreation Commissioner H.A. McLean and veteran Parks Commissioner Sherman L. Decker.

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