25 years ago

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Three top state officials will join Oneonta Mayor David Brenner at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commission the new 800-foot extension to the runway at the Oneonta Municipal Airport.

The runway extension is part of a 20-year plan to build a parallel taxiway, a terminal twice as large as the existing one and more parking space.

With the improvements local officials hope the airport will allow larger corporate jets to land and attract new industry to the area. The airport improvements may also create better airline service to local residents, according to Winifred Wandersee, a city councilwoman who has served as the city’s liaison to the Airport Committee for the past year.

Joining Brenner for the ceremonies Tuesday will be Donald Butcher, head of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, regional Department of Transportation director James K. Connors and Robert Michaud, of the department’s Aviation Division.

The project completed so far increased the runway from 3,400 feet to 4,200 feet and relocated nearly a one-mile section of the Bert Brown Road.

Total project cost is $1,294,797. Ninety percent of the money came from the federal government. The state contributed 7.5 percent and the city gave 2.5 percent.


50 years ago

Oct. 17, 1963

Morton Auerbach, downtown businessman, has installed an electronically controlled gate to his parking area on Ford Avenue.

The gate opens automatically when a motorist approaches the lot but before the driver can leave he must deposit a coin or a token before the gate reopens.

Mr. Auerbach, owner of Samson Floors, thinks such an electronically controlled setup should be explored by city officials as an answer to the parking situation in Oneonta.

A former alderman, Mr. Auerbach conducted cost studies of various parking procedures before the electronic setup was introduced in his parking lot this week.

He thinks such an operation would result in more economy for the city.

Cost of the electronic unit is $3,000 installed, he says.

Mr. Auerbach’s lot holds 45 cars. When the motorist leaves the lot he deposits a coin in a slot. This activates the arm on the gate so it goes up and the motorist is allowed to leave.

In Mr. Auerbach’s case, he gives tokens to people who stop in his store, so that it won’t cost them anything to get out of the parking lot. Otherwise it costs 25 cents to leave the lot.

Mr. Auerbach says that such an electronic gate-like operation is catching on all over the United States.

“Not only are private businessmen using them but many municipalities as well,” he claims.

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