We want your news! Send us: News release |Letter to the Editor | Share a picture | Newborn | Birthday | Engagement | Wedding | Other Milestone
Today









Oswego Council Committee Tables Flood Fix Proposal

OSWEGO, NY -  The Administrative Services Committee voted unanimously Monday night to table a resolution regarding a proposal to correct a “serious flooding” problem in the Seventh Ward after no one could agree on who was responsible for paying for the work.

Tony Leotta, city engineer, requested authorization for the purchasing agent to seek proposals from local licensed surveyors for preparation of easement documents in order to install a new 24-inch diameter storm sewer from the catchbasin on Windsong Avenue to Koberg Pond, on easement, crossing the Shanley property.

There is a serious drainage problem causing flooding of the Stephen and Linda Poydock property (539 W. Fifth St.), Leotta said.

The old Kingsford farm stone storm sewer, which conveys drainage from Mark Fitzgibbons Drive to Gardenier swamp, has become restricted and no longer operates effectively to drain the area during spring runoff or severe storm events, he explained.

“Consequently, storm water from the 100 plus year old stone sewer overflows onto the Poydock property. The stone sewer can’t be cleaned because it has an earth bottom and its route is quite lengthy over several properties,” according to committee chair Seventh Ward Councilor Ron Kaplewicz.

There is an existing 24-inch storm drain behind the Poydock property which was installed as part of the Trillium Subdivision development in 1986, including Windsong Avenue, he continued.

That drain connects to a catchbasin in Windsong which discharges into Koberg Pond through an existing open swale and under-sized 12-inch culvert pipe crossing the Shanley property, the city engineer explained.

Neither the swale nor pipe is large enough to carry the overflow away from the Poydock property, he added.

“This is an issue that has become more and more severe over the last several years. There are several properties that are affected by the drainage issue,” Kaplewicz said.

The flooding is at its worst after a heavy rain and the spring run off, Poydock told the committee.  Water just comes “boiling out” of a neighboring well and then that whole swale begins to fill because it doesn’t have a chance to drain over to Koberg Pond.

Kaplewicz agreed, adding that he has “literally seen the water lapping on the back steps of the home.

“We propose a new 24-inch storm sewer from the catchbasin on Windsong to Koberg Pond, on easement, crossing the Shanley property,” Leotta said. “I have communicated with Mr. Shanley and he endorses the proposal.”

Kaplewicz said the problem can be traced back to the mid-1980s and is the result of a cost-saving measure the city made regarding the Trillium subdivision.

The existing catchbasin was never connected to Koberg Pond because the old Kingsford farm storm sewer was draining the area properly.

However, now it has become restricted and is backing up.

“We’re at the point now where if we don’t do something, we’re going to have some serious property damage, the chairman said.

First Ward Councilor Connie Cosemento said the city needs to do better due diligence regarding site plans for projects such as this.

“I’ve seen it happen too many times,” she said of such problems.

The land, she continued, wasn’t developed by the city.

“I would say I have to agree with Mrs. Cosemento. It’s not the responsibility of the taxpayers of Oswego to fix private property issues unless it is a direct result or liability to the city. I don’t see how the private developer that built Trillium Gardens and all of that caused this flooding problem now makes it a taxpayer problem when it solely affects private property,” said Sixth Ward Councilor Bill Sharkey.

“I think there is a combination of issues at work here,” Kaplewicz replied. “With the history of the area and the old underground drainage of the Kingsford farm, with the middle school and all the construction that was done there installing storm and sanitary sewers and the easements that were taken across private lands, Trillium Gardens was a development that was done and it was done at the expense of the developer. The city certainly had a responsibility and obligation to install storm water and sanitary water lines there and that was done. The design was done at the convenience of the city in a way that would be cost-effective. Certainly the city has a large expense in that, but certainly the city collects taxes on those properties. In this particular case, I do believe the city has an obligation and responsibility to fix the problem. We were engaged with this back in the ‘80s, we didn’t finish our job. The only piece of the puzzle that wasn’t finished was the connection between the 24-inch line put in Windsong and outlet to Koberg Pond. That was the plan; they did it to save money.”

Sharkey and Cosemento pressed Kaplewicz for more information.

“Before spending any taxpayer money on the project,” Sharkey said he wants to know more about the problem, including who is responsible to pay for the work.

“I have a few more questions. And, I’ll say it again, I don’t want to see anybody get flooded, but I need to know answers,” Cosemento said, moving to table the matter.

Committee members Cosemento, Sharkey and Third Ward Councilor Cathy Santos voted yes to table; and so did Kaplewicz.

He said he would leave site plans and other data from the 1986 development of Trillium Gardens in the Council Office at City Hall for all the aldermen to review.

The issue will possibly be revisited at the April 18 committee meeting.

Print This Post Print This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Search Our Archives:

Employees Take To Picket Line To Show Dissatisfaction With Contract Situation

Union employees of St. Luke Health Services in Oswego and Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton staged an informational picket in front of St. Luke this afternoon (August 1) to protest the lack of a new labor contract. 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East represents around 150 of the approximately 250 workers. 1199 represents service employees only at the healthcare facility. Contract talks began in April and the collective bargaining agreement was extended for one month in June. The contract extension expired July 31.

Continue reading


Sandra Scott Travels: Luxuriate At Honduras’ Las Cascada Lodge

Several years ago, when we were in Honduras, John and I stopped to see a new luxury ecolodge outside of La Ceiba called Las Cascada Lodge. I fell in love with it. It is nestled in the rainforest surrounded by trees and flowers. The rooms, there are only three of them, have a view of the jungle waterfalls. There are several cascading falls each with a small pool at the bottom that is big enough to swim in.

Continue reading


Man Rescued From Rooftop of Burning Building

Oswego Fire Department units were dispatched to a structure fire at 2:46 p.m. today (Aug. 1) at 183 W. Fifth St. Initial reports were of a man trapped on a roof and black smoke coming from the house. Crews rescued the occupant off of the roof immediately and assisted him to the ground with a ladder.

Continue reading


SUNY Oswego summer program enhances language skills

This summer, 85 students from eight countries enrolled in Summer Intensive English, which aims to advance their listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, grammar and writing — complete with visits to New York City, Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands to further sharpen their skills.

Continue reading


Mercyhurst honors Scholar-Athletes for the 2013-14 school year

A total of 277 students received scholar-athlete status from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) this month after receiving at least a 3.25 grade point average for their collegiate career.

Continue reading



v3_2014_64