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Oneida mayor addresses Madison Street building

Charles Pritchard
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Posted 8/18/22

It was a prompt and quick meeting of the Oneida Common Council on Tuesday. Of note, was an update to the building on Madison Street the city council deemed unsafe and ordered for demolition. …

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Oneida mayor addresses Madison Street building

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ONEIDA — It was a prompt and quick meeting of the Oneida Common Council on Tuesday.

Of note, was an update to the building on Madison Street the city council deemed unsafe and ordered for demolition.

Oneida resident Robert Britton asked the council to “… take another look” at the building.

“The back is caving in more every day and you have kids playing nearby,” he said.

Britton asked the council if they could provide a timeframe for when the building is to be demolished. He added that if it isn’t taken care of before winter, a strong snowstorm — or a strong rainstorm — could be enough to bring the whole thing down.

“I just don’t want to see anyone hurt,” he added.

“Normally during public comment, we don’t comment back but I will address this,” Mayor Helen Acker said. “We will be looking at the building on Sept. 7 and if the current owner doesn’t want to take it down, we’ll have to go through the whole legal process to do so, get the engineer to look, asbestos abatement, and the works.”

The mayor added that the Oneida Fire Department has put up a cordon around the back of the building and are watching the building on a daily basis for any danger to the public.

The meeting’s regular agenda containing 10 items in total was passed without much to say. Of the items, Acker commented on the Concerts in the Park Program.

The resolution authorized the mayor to sign various agreements for the 2022 summer program as they are received, for a total amount not to exceed $5,000.

“We should have a couple of good concerts coming up that Parks and Recreation Director Luke Griff is getting together,” Acker said.

During new business, Acker reminded city residents that the City of Oneida will be holding a Sept. 11 memorial service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in front of City Hall.

“We’ll have more information coming out soon,” she added.

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