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

25 years ago

May 5, 1990

DELHI — Delaware County supervisors have hired a law firm to represent them in a possible challenge against the state over the landfill being located on a major aquifer.

In executive session last week, supervisors agreed to hire Bond, Schoeneck and King, based in Syracuse and Albany. County attorney Richard Spinney recommended the firm.

The problem concerns an expensive difference of opinion between the county and the state Department of Environmental Conservation over whether or not the landfill near the Walton-Hamden town line is located above a major aquifer. In 1988, 10 years after the state allowed the landfill to be built on the site, the DEC determined that a major aquifer runs beneath it. The determination was based on the fact that the landfill is located on the valley floor within a stone’s throw of the west branch of the Delaware River. There was no state study.

However, the county, aided by the Soil and Water Conservation Service and geologists from the State University College at Oneonta, studied the soils and the drilling logs of water wells in the area and determined that the area does not contain a major aquifer.

50 years ago

mAY 5, 1965

Oneonta selected City Planners — East, of Buffalo to undertake its urban renewal planning. The firm is an affiliate of City Planning Associates in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Cost of the study is paid by the federal government, Mayor Albert S. Nader told the Common Council in City Hall last night.

The city last night formally accepted a federal grant of $137,274 for the first phase in the renewal project. That is merely a study and does not commit the city to the entire project, it was pointed out.

Selection of the Buffalo firm has the approval of the Housing, Home Finance Agency in New York City. Mr. Nader said some minor revisions in the contract will be made to meet federal specifications.

The firm, which boasts a staff of 50, has worked on planning projects for 50 cities, colleges and universities. It is now carrying out urban planning for Rome, Batavia, Buffalo and Lockport.

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