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25 years ago

Jan. 7, 1989

Oneonta town and city officials are in favor of a public water supply on the Southside, but the town cannot even get support for installing a public sewage system there. 

Cost is the problem. 

Town of Oneotna Supervisor Les Foster said Southside residents and businesses have not shown support for the proposed sewer district because of thep rice. The project will cost $1.6 million and will require individual homeowners to pay at least $800 in the first year for hooking into the system. First year costs would be higher than future yearly payments because of the initial hookup. 

If a water system is added to the project, the overall cost would be an additional $500,000, said Thomas E. O’Connor, of Hawk Engineering in Binghamton. Hawk designed the proposed sewer district. 

So far, only one Southside property owner has signed a petition in favor of the proposed sewer district, according to Town Clerk Cheryl Shackleton. The town must get support from at least 50 percent of the resident owners and 51 percent of the assessed property values on the Southside before the public sewage system is installed.

Southside Mall Manager David Downie said he supports the concept of a sewer district, but will not sign the petition because the mall is being charged unfairly under the current fee schedule. The said the mall would have to pay more for water than the Holiday Inn, which uses more. 


50 years ago

Jan. 7, 1964

Bassett Hospital’s babies came late in 1964, and both of them will not remain in Cooperstown for long, nevertheless they are the first babies of the new year born here. 

The first one to put in an appearance was Shari Lynn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wengert of Upper Otsego Street, Ilion. Shari Lynn, taken by Caesarian section, was born at 8:26 a.m. on Friday, January 3, and weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ½ ozs. Mrs. Wengert said that her other two children, Deniese 10½, and Kim, nine, were born the same way. 

The second baby born at Bassett is Ana Maria, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Pablo Rubinstein of Santiago, Chile. Dr. Rubinstein is a Research Fellow at Bassett, who with his wife came here in May of 1963, and will be leaving Cooperstown in April, according to Mrs. Rubinstein. 

Ana Maria was born at 9:02 a.m., 36 minutes after the Wengert baby, and she weighed 6 lbs., and 14½ ozs., the hospital’s statistics disclosed. 

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