Deputy Mayor Ted Hanifin announced the need to elect a new deputy mayor. Hanifin, who has spent six years serving as deputy mayor -- four under James Chappelle and two under Matzke -- asked the council for nominations, and announced that he wished to retire the position and did not want to be considered for the job, as he hopes to spend more time with his family. Third Ward Councilor Erwin Smith was chosen by his peers to serve as the mayor's new deputy mayor.
Public comments change maps
Oneida's planning director Cassie Rose announced at the Oneida Common Council's pre-meeting work session Feb. 7 that public input has lead to changes in the city's proposed zoning map.
The comments of residents and business owners in the city were studied, leading to the removal of "rural residential" zones that would have replaced some agriculturally zoned areas in the outer district. The category "rural residential" had been completely eliminated from Oneida's zoning maps.
To expand on the uses of agricultural land, Rose said, townhouses and condominiums have been added to the bounds of the agricultural zone, allowing the benefits of agriculturally zoned land to remain, but with more options for use.
Zoning changes in ward one undecided
Oneida planning Director Cassie Rose addressed the Oneida Common Council March 7 regarding the opposition of some Ward 1 residents to the proposed change of zoning on a section of Glenwood Avenue.
Under the current zoning, the land is designated as Manufacturing-Industrial, which residents and businesses in the area would just as soon see remain. The changes proposed would change the M-I zone to a commercial zone, matching the property on the opposite side of Glenwood.
Oneida strikes a deal
News cameras flashed and rolled March 20 as Oneida Mayor Leo Matzke shook hands with Oneida Indian Nation leader Ray Halbritter.