Council amends alcohol ordinance, hires summer employees

Oneonta City Council

The Oneonta City Council met Tuesday, April 24, and passed an amendment to its ordinance regulating the licensing and sale of alcoholic beverages in Oneonta. Dealing with microbreweries, the amendment replaces and greatly simplifies the section of the ordinance it replaces.

The amendment reads as follows:

“Brew Pub, also known as microbrewery, means an establishment which includes the brewing/fermenting or distilling of alcoholic beverages for the primary purpose of onsite consumption associated with food services that are readily available. The allowable location for those type establishments will be within the entertainment district as defined by city ordinance 2017-09-20ED, and will be limited to facilities that dedicate a minimum of 1,000 square feet to the art of distilling, brewing, or fermenting a local product.” The amendment replaces the previous section in its entirety.

The council approved hiring two part-time seasonal employees to support Oneonta Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which usually registers more than 600 participants. Hired were Lela Dorning and Jordan Ledbetter. Also approved was the hiring of 27 temporary employees for the city pool this summer.

City manager Ed Lowe reported that property owners have agreed to the removal of trees that are encroaching on the landing/takeoff glide path at the Oneonta Airport.

Councilman Richard Phillips introduced Noel Hall, a new hire to the Oneonta Police Department. Hall thanked the council for the job and said he had studied the departments of several counties and towns in the area before selecting Oneonta as his preferred employer, then waited for an opportunity to present itself in the form of an opening on the force.