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June 24, 2014

Step Back in Time: June 24, 2014

25 years agoJune 24, 1989

A crushed storm drain caused rain runoff to wash out a path known as the “cow path,” connecting the State University College at Oneonta to Elm Street, on Thursday night, according to James Suozzo, city engineer.

The underground drain caved in from the weight of the rocks and then plugged, causing water to rush up and over the path, Suozzo said. Rocks, instead of gravel, had been placed on top of the 12-inch drain pipe when it was installed, he said.

Elm Street at the Normal Avenue intersection was blocked to traffic by the gravel, rocks and macadam while mud spotted the basement floor of the home at 104 Elm St.

Suozzo said when the runoff from Thursday night’s downpour could not get through the plugged pipe, it worked like an artesian well and forced its way to the ground’s surface. The force of the water washed out steps on the path.

 

50 years agoJune 24, 1964

Members of the Common Council were told Tuesday night that any proposed Urban Renewal program on which the city might embark would be divided into three phases — decision making, planning and action.

Miss Nancy Olenhouse, area coordinator for the Urban Renewal Bureau of the Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency, outlined steps in undertaking an urban renewal program.

She explained that the first stage — decision making — would involve deciding what areas are to be included in such a program on the basis of need and eligibility.

Miss Olenhouse explained that in order for an area to be eligible, 20 percent of the structures must have one or more structural deficiencies. She said environmental deficiencies (inadequate streets, sewers, etc.) and a preliminary determination of the relocation of displaced families also have a bearing on the eligibility.

Miss Olenhouse said that under Urban Renewal, the Federal government will pay 75 percent of the net cost, the state will pay one-eighth and the city will pay the remaining one-eighth.

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