City agrees to four-legged police officer and new fence at Woodland Park

The Oneonta City Council voted to accept an “unexpected offer” of a trained police canine. According to Oneonta police chief James Chapman the “going rate” for such dogs is $7500. The city can obtain this one, the chief says, for $1800 of out-of-pocket expenses. The dog, Negao, comes from another agency, which discontinued its program. Officer Jonathan Ledbetter will train and become partners with the dog.

The council agreed to purchase material to fence the line between Woodland Park and Oak Hill Cemetery. City manager Ed Lowe noted the city did not intend to use the fence as a barrier between the two sites but to provide a clear distinction.

Members declared a skid steer loader and asphalt packer as surplus for listing on the
website. Following that action, councilors voted to advertise for two similar pieces of equipment.

Lowe read a resolution, which the council approved, allocating city funds for a grant at the city airfield. The city will invest just $2569 in the $102,000 project.

Before the council adjourned, Chapman asked Sergeant Steve Gunn to recognize five officers who have completed training under the sergeant. Gunn presented certificates to Ledbetter, Steve Adamson, Wes Buchanan, Mike Harris, and Keith Roddam.

All members attended the Oct. 27 session. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.