Trans­porta­tion con­cerns for Tow­ers

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Local News - By Charles Pritchard cpritchard@onei­dadis­patch.com

ONEIDA, N.Y. » After speak­ing with res­i­dents of the Oneida tow­ers, Ward 5 Coun­cilor Jim Cham­ber­lain brought up some of their con­cerns at Wed­nes­day’s com­mon coun­cil meet­ing.

“I met with quite a few of the res­i­dents. One of their main con­cerns is trans­porta­tion, or lack of,” Cham­ber­lain said. “Two of the peo­ple have a pre­scrip­tion they go and get that’s $3 and the taxis charge $6 up and $6 back. So they’re spend­ing $12 to get a $3 pre­scrip­tion. And I think we could chal­lenge the taxi ser­vices that we have here and why they can’t give them a break.”

Dis­cus­sion turned to whether the taxi ser­vices are charg­ing them full price or not, but Oneida Su­per­vi­sor Joe Magliocca con­firmed it was the reg­u­lar rate be­ing charged.

“Twelve dol­lars to go to Wal­mart,” Cham­ber­lain reaf­firmed.

Cham­ber­lain said while some res­i­dents do car­pool, it’s not a re­al­ity for oth­ers. He men­tioned a

woman who had to rely on her daugh­ter to car­pool.

Mayor Leo Matzke said he’s heard sim­i­lar is­sues re­gard­ing trans­porta­tion for sin­gle moth­ers.

“Sit­ting there, talk­ing to them for a pe­riod of time, you get to feel their con­cerns and you feel hor­ri­ble,” Cham­ber­lain said. “And there’s an­other con­cern. Their gen­er­a­tor is diesel and when it turns on, the diesel ex­haust gets sucked into the ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem and there’s two res­i­dents that have to step out.”

Cham­ber­lain ex­pressed in­ter­est in talk­ing­with Bob Wal­ters, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Oneida Hous­ing Authority about the diesel gen­er­a­tor.

“They’re there, they’re stuck there and they have con­cerns,” Cham­ber­lain said.

Quick Hits

Matzke said Satur­day’s O.N.E.I.D.A. Strong drug fo­rum on Nov. 4 had 50-plus peo­ple in at­ten­dance. He said the group wants to get more in­volved and that he is look­ing for ways to make that hap­pen.

•A pub­lic hear­ing on the pro­posed City of Oneida Bud­get for 2018 will be held on Nov. 21 at 6:30 a.m. at the Oneida Mu­nic­i­pal build­ing. The pro­posed bud­get is $18.36 mil­lion. The pro­posed to­tal amount to be raised by taxes is $4.12mil­lion. The an­tic­i­pated tax rate per thou­sand of as­sessed value for the In­side Tax District is $9 and for the Out­side Tax District is $5 as pro­posed. Copies of the bud­get are avail­able to the pub­lic through the Of­fice of the City Clerk.

The next coun­cil meet­ing will be held Tues­day, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

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