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January 24, 2014

Step Back in Time: Jan. 24, 2014

25 years ago

Jan. 24, 1989

NORWICH — An estimated 3,000 people filled the Norwich High School auditorium, cafeteria and gymnasium Monday night to tell the state’s Low-Level Radioactive Waste Siting Commission to put the state’s dump somewhere else.

The crowd yelled, chanted, sang and spoke against locating the dump in two proposed areas in Chenango County and a third in neighboring Cortland County. After the 1,000-capacity auditorium was filled, people were sent to the cafeteria and gym where the meeting was broadcast on closed-circuit television.

The words of commission members, trying to explain their siting criteria, were frequently drowned out by the crowd. Much of the state’s public hearing, which lasted late into the night, consisted of residents speaking to the crowd, not the commission.

The commission is charged with finding a site for the disposal of statewide low-level radioactive material, the majority of which includes equipment and clothing used by nuclear power plant workers. Medical and industrial material also would be disposed of.

  

50 years ago

Jan. 24, 1964

Mayor Albert S. Nader will not find the path toward increased Oneonta representation on the Otsego County Board of Supervisors strewn with roses, in the opinion of several members of the Board.

Town of Richfield Supervisor Burrill W. House, Republican veteran on the Board, said Thursday, “you would be safe in saying the outlying towns would be opposed to such a move.”

Mr. Nader broached the subject this week, pointing out that Oneonta, comprising about a quarter of the population of Otsego County, had only three seats on the Board of Supervisors, while several townships in the county boasting less than 1,000 had a seat.

His solution came in two parts, one to allow Oneonta added representation on the Board and the other, if this was not possible, to allow Oneonta’s representatives two votes each (the ‘weighted vote’ plan).

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