Oneonta council approves $115K airport grant

Once again, the Oneonta City Council has approved contracting with engineering firm Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood for improvements at the city’s Robbins Field airport. The $115,000 fully reimbursed federal grant, one of several the city has received over the past couple of decades, will include engineering planning and oversight.

In other action the council approved city participation in the state’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday. The event runs July 20 through July 22.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 4160 attended the meeting as part of their Citizenship in the Community badge preparation. Invited by Mayor Ross Norris, each scout introduced himself to the council and attendees.

Beautification board chair Marlene Stroud announced her committee’s monthly award recipients. The committee chose Dusty and Traci Vice as residential winners and the Amaryllis Garden Club for a repeat organizational honor. The club has worked to establish a butterfly garden on First Avenue near its intersection with High School Street.

In councilor and departmental comments, member Tonya Rogers and fire chief Arthur Willis praised the efforts of fire department employees, off-duty officers, out-of-town firefighters, volunteer department members, EMA, and community citizens for their help in battling a fire at Oneonta’s Eastside Apartments and in providing assistance to those displaced by the fire.

Councilman Nathaniel Butler missed the May 22 meeting at which councilors Hal Blackwood, Richard Phillips, and Danny Robinson joined Norris and Rogers. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.