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December 19, 2012

Step Back in Time: Dec. 19, 2012

The Daily Star

---- — Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Dec. 19, 1987

BAINBRIDGE — The new storage facility for the water and associated piping of the water improvement project of the village of Bainbridge went on line Thursday night, Dec. 17.

Residents are advised that they may experience a slightly higher amount of chlorine taste and smell in the water.

To avoid the taste and smell in water for drinking and cooking, officials recommend putting an uncovered container of water in the refrigerator for a few hours.

The engineer, contractor, local water personnel and the New York State Department of Health declare that the water is perfectly safe for human consumption with the slightly higher chlorine content.


50 years ago

Dec. 19, 1962

Oneonta Common Council has ordered the Public Service Board to pay Wilber Bank $498 — the city’s share in a new sidewalk installed in front of the bank and Grant’s Department Store on Main Street.

The action came Thursday night after the Council learned that the Public Service Board could not take action on the sidewalk bills because of two of its members’ outside interests.

Last week, the PSB refused to act on the bills because of a possible conflict of interest for two members. Attorney Albert E. Farone, a member of the commission, is a member of the bank’s board of directors. The other commissioner, James Catella, works for the contractor that installed the sidewalk. Both disqualified themselves from voting so the matter was turned over to the Common Council.

But the bank did not notify the city of the sidewalk installation until after it was all over. Mayor Albert Nader and Alderman Cecil Matthews expressed the feeling that this was “not the proper manner” of doing things.

But both officials were quick to praise the bank for its new sidewalk as an asset to Main Street.