Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
June 13, 1988
Pending favorable results of an archaeological survey, National Soccer Hall of Fame officials will soon be able to start work on their planned 45-acre, $10 million Browne Street complex.
According to Al Colone, executive director of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, the hall will begin clearing and grading 45 of the site’s 61 acres if the results of the cultural resources study indicate development will have no adverse impact on possible archaeological areas.
The survey is being conducted by Atlantic Testing Labs of Utica and Canton, and is expected to be completed later this week. Upon completion, the report must be submitted to the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for final determination.
He said the town of Oneonta Planning Board has indicated the hall can begin the first phase of construction once a negative archaeological impact is determined. Planning Board chairman Dorothy Van DeBogart declined to comment on the status of the hall’s plans.
Colone said fund raising for the $10 million project has not yet begun in earnest because the hall has had to wait for planning board approval before telling possible contributors that the plans are set. He said he expects the funds can be raised within two to three years, which would enable the hall to open the fields for use in the summer of 1990 and the museum within two-and-a-half to three years.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame currently operates out of a building on Ford Avenue.
50 years ago
June 13, 1963
COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday turned down a proposal that a mental health board be established in the county.
The vote was 25 to 1 following a negative report presented by the board’s Mental Health Committee which indicated that clergymen, doctors and lawyers in the county saw no need for a mental health service.
Only Supervisor Jack Ranieri of the City of Oneonta voted against accepting the report and he later explained his vote by saying, “I feel that a public hearing should have been held by the committee before offering the report.”
The solid “no” from the supervisors climaxes an off-and-on debate of three years that began with agitation by the League of Women Voters and was first recognized by the supervisors in December of 1960 when a committee was appointed to check the need for mental health service.
The committee, headed by Burrill W. House of Richfield, and including Earl Saunders of Plainfield and Leon Eckert of Burlington, said it had evaluated questionnaires sent to professional men and consulted public agencies before arriving at its decision.
The report states that some of the clergymen were opposed to creation of another agency with an increased cost to the taxpayers.
The report said: “Although the committee is extending its sympathies to the people suffering from any form of mental problem, at the same time the committee report sympathies are extended to those who would be faced with the financial burden of supporting any such local program, namely the taxpayers.”