Oswego County is looking for the stateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s cooperation in the development of a new comprehensive statewide interoperable communication network. To do that, a resolution has been presented, asking the state to tap the funding that is already collected through a Wireless Communications Service surcharge that the state imposes on cellular telephone bills.
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The first step in the process required to improve Oswego CountyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s emergency communications system is well underway. This week, Oswego County E-911 director Michael Allen provided the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee with an update on that project.
Local police officers are featured in a 2009 calendar that is being released by the New York State ChiefÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Association. Details about the calendar can be found at www.nychiefs.org.
The Oswego County fire training school is up and running, helping firefighters prepare for the experiences they will meet in the field. Fire Coordinator John Hinds says the county is preparing for the winter shut down and looking forward to the spring, when it will resume its efforts to work out the bugs at the facility and welcome new groups of students.
The Fulton code enforcement officer who was arrested Nov. 3 for allegedly skimming money she received for rental permits and contractor licenses will return to court next month. Rita Higgins, 57, of West Fourth Street South, Fulton, was scheduled to make an appearance in Fulton City Court Friday. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 12.
Former Oswego County Sheriff Charles F. Nellis died Saturday morning at this home in Parish. Nellis served as Oswego County Sheriff from 1984 through 1998, retiring after four terms in office. Those who worked with him remember Nellis as honest and fair, with a great sense of humor and a compassionate side for children and those less fortunate.
A month remains before Oswego County lawmakers are required to seal a budget for the coming year. Before that happens, the public and the Legislature will have their say on the plan. The county will host its annual public hearing on the budget Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. After the hearing, the Legislature will have an opportunity to debate potential changes to the spending plan.
As longtime legislator Kimberly Seager prepares for her new position as Oswego County Family Court Judge, she is also preparing to step down from her seat on the Oswego County Legislature. Seager has to resign from the 10th District chair by Dec. 31.
Ethanol production is at a temporary standstill at Northeast Biofuels as the company works out performance-related issues at the plant with its contractor, Lurgi PSI, Inc. The plant has experienced several production outages since the initial startup, according to plant manager Brian Roach. The most recent outage started Thursday.
Oswego County municipal leaders are keeping their eyes on the state today, watching for potential changes to the state budget and the affects those changes could have on the countyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s bottom line for 2009. According to County Administrator Phil Church, the budget deficit at the state level is making it difficult for counties to seal their own spending plans with confidence.