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City To Submit Bid For ‘Unsafe Structure’

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Tuesday night, the Common Council authorized the mayor to submit a bid to purchase a piece of property currently owned by the county.

The structure, located at 111 E. Fourth St., has been deemed to be unsafe, according to Fourth Ward Councilor Shawn Walker.

The county has obtained the deed to the property.

The county treasurer has been authorized to sell the property at a special tax auction and issue the deed to the highest bidder.

The amount of the bid shall be one dollar, Mayor Tom Gillen explained.

“The property has been in disrepair for a very long time,” the mayor said. “I’m not sure what we’re going to do with it. But, I do know one thing, we have to do something. It could become some green space, a ‘pocket park;’ there are some possibilities. We are trying to clean up the neighborhoods.”

The mayor, councilors and other city officials have been conducting neighborhood walks in various wards in an attempt to find ways of improving the entire community.

During his mayor’s report Tuesday night, Gillen announced that he and Third Ward Councilor Mike Todd have scheduled a Neighborhood Walk for the Third Ward on June 11. It will get under way at 9 a.m.

Councilors of the other wards are being invited to join them, as well as Code Enforcement Director Neal Smith, City Engineer/Zoning Administrator Tony Leotta, and Community Development Director Mary Vanouse.

The group will meet at the Stone’s Candy Shop, 145 W. Bridge St., to commence its walk.

The purpose of the neighborhood walk program is to evaluate the conditions of properties in the immediate area.  Additional community walks are being planned for the coming months.

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at 342-8136 or 342-8140.