Council accepts Noland’s retirement letter

The Oneonta City Council voted unanimously to accept the retirement letter of 10-year town clerk Tammie Noland. Despite Mayor Ross Norris’s playful call to reject the letter, the appreciative council endorsed Noland’s plans to retire at the end of February. Councilors named employee Amanda Stanfield, who has undergone several months training for the position, as Noland’s replacement.

Members hired Matthew A. Crow to a vacancy with the fire department. They voted to purchase new helmets, shields or visors, and gloves for that department’s firefighters. The $4,285 purchase continues the city’s long-range plan of gradual upgrades and replacement of required equipment. Councilors declared a 1983 Carpenter bus as surplus, providing the opportunity for its sale.

As discussed at prior meetings, the council authorized Mayor Ross Norris to act on issuance of bonds to replace current and potential forthcoming debts. The issuance serves as a basic refinancing and could save the city $100,000 or more toward its debt and construction of the Wallace State Oneonta main campus building. City manager economic developer Ed Lowe advised that construction has begun on the Wallace building.

The council acted on two matters for which it had held public hearings immediately prior to the regular session. Councilors approved a city alcohol license for Two Amigos restaurant and an ordinance permitting the establishment of a historical preservation commission for the city.

All councilors (Hal Blackwood, Nathaniel Butler, Richard Phillips, Danny Robinson, and Tonya Rogers) attended the Jan. 23 session along with Norris. The council holds it regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the city hall chambers.