Chamber Seeks City Approval To Extend Farmers’ Market

OSWEGO, NY – The summer will continue a little longer downtown.

At its meeting this week, the Administrative Services Committee gave a favorable recommendation to a request to extend the Oswego Farmers’ Market by two more weeks.

Mayor Randy Bateman said he received a request from Beth Hilton, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, to extend the Farmers’ Market for two more weeks, Oct. 20 and 27.

“We have spoken with the vendors and they have expressed an interest in extending the market through the end of October,” Hilton told the committee.

They hadn’t planned any more entertainment and thought the city bandstand wouldn’t be needed.

However, the chamber has been working with the downtown businesses about the possibility of a children’s parade on Oct. 27, she noted.

“So, we would need the stage for that evening,” she said. “It would be a Halloween-related children’s costume parade and contest.”

And, the hours for the additional markets would be reduced to 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The market has enjoyed a very good summer season, Hilton said.

“We’re seeing good sales all around and certainly we’ve been full every week. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback this summer from the farmers and vendors,” she said.

Tory L. DeCaire, police chief, requested authorization to send three recruit officers to Canton for a 19-week Basic Course for Police Officers, Jan. 9 – May 18, 2012.

The committee sent the request to the full council for consideration.

Jeff McCrobie, fire chief, requested authorization to make an intra-departmental transfer of money from the following accounts:

$2,600 from Account A.3410.0200 (Equipment) to Account A.3410.0102 (Personal Services)
$7,000 from Account A.3410.0450 (Fees for Service) to Account A.3410.0102 (Personal Services)
$5,000 from Account A.3410.0101 (Personal Services) to Account A.3410.0450 (Fees for Services)

The first two transfers are to cover short shift overtime for the Fire Department due to various injuries, illnesses, transfers and vacant positions.

The last transfer is to make payment to our Emergency Services Medical Director Derek R. Cooney, M.D. contracted through Upstate Emergency Medicine, to oversee the delivery of emergency medical services provided by the fire department.

The committee sent the request to the full council as well.