Committee Debates, Approves Various Events

Councilor Nate Emmons said he'd like to see requests for use of public space come earlier in the planning stages.

Councilor Nate Emmons said he'd like to see requests for use of public space come earlier in the planning stages.

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Physical Services Committee gave favorable recommendations to several requests for use of public for upcoming events.

However, one councilor took exception to the event coordinators advertising the events and seeking participants prior to ever coming to the council to request use of public space to hold the event(s).

Christopher Jones talks about the upcoming events.
Christopher Jones talks about the upcoming events.

If, for some reason, the request was denied, it would make the city look like the bad guy, he said.

Christopher Jones, of Cre8 Studios, will coordinate the Tri-Oswego sporting events on June 18.

They requested use of public space at Wright’s Landing Marina for a transition area and will set up on June 16 and will be in place until  June 18.

Also requested was use of two parking areas, use of Breitbeck Park and pavilion, access to the bathrooms and ballroom in the McCrobie Building June 17 and 18, use of parking lot known as the “Flexo” area, road closures, use of the City Bandstand and a noise waiver.

Councilor Robert Corradino questioned whether they were asking for a waiver of the fee for the bandstand.

Councilor Nate Emmons said he'd like to see requests for use of public space come earlier in the planning stages.
Councilor Nate Emmons said he’d like to see requests for use of public space come earlier in the planning stages.

“No. But if the city wants to waive them, I won’t argue with that,” Jones said.

Committee member Nate Emmons wanted to know how the dates for the events were established.

Cre8 Studios has already begun promoting the events, he added.

“How can you reconcile those events being out in the public and coming to the council (for authorization) at this point in the planning process?” he asked.

Jones replied that he was tied up with some other events previously (St. Patrick’s Day Parade, for example).

They put out as much information pre-events as possible to get support for the events, he said.

“What would happen tonight if we actually denied your request?” Emmons asked.

“Are you planning on denying the event?” Jones asked.

“I’m asking a question,” Emmons replied. “If the request for use of public space was denied, what would happen? What would happen regarding these events? If, for example, you were planning an event at The American Foundry, would you go ahead and advertise it before you had the confirmation to have it as an event venue?”

“That’s up to your discretion. If you choose not to approve the event that would be tragic,” Jones said.

If that were the case, they would have to take a look at everything and see what their options were at that time, he added.

“You almost tied the council’s hand in terms of going out and advertising for an event … and then coming to the council for approval,” Emmons said referring to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The two agreed requests to use public space, in the future, should be made earlier in the planning stages of events.

Cre8 Studios and Kerrie Webb, director of the Oswego YMCA, want to hold the annual Oswego YMCA Dragon Boat Festival August 19 and 20.

They requested use of public space at Wright’s Landing Marina, the transient dock on the North West end from August 15-20 use of Breitbeck Park for August 15-18 use of Breitbeck Park Pavilion, use of public space in the McCrobie Building, use of east bank of the Oswego River between the Harbor Rail Trail and Lock 7 in case of foul weather, use of the City Bandstand and a noise waiver.

Cre8 Studios also plans to organize and host a Cardboard Regatta on July 2 to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities for all ages.

They requested use of public space on the east bank of the Oswego River between the Harbor Rail Trail and Lock 7, road closures, use of the City Bandstand and a noise waiver.

And, they are planning to organize and host a dodgeball tournament and city street scene on May 21 from 3 – 7 p.m.

They requested use of the City Bandstand, noise waiver and a road closure on West First Street from West Mohawk to just north of West Utica.

Tom Allen wants to host the fifth annual A-Tom-Mik Invitational from August 3 to 6 with August 7 as a rain date.

Allen requested use of public space in Breitbeck Park to set up a tent starting August 4, use of public space in Breitbeck Park to set up Blue Bowl porta-johns, and that the city supply eight garbage cans and at least one recycle bin for soda cans, and use of the parking lot at Breitbeck Park.

Greg Mills, executive director of the Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce, requested permission to host the Farmers’ Market from May 26 through October 6.

Mills requested use of West First Street from West Bridge Street to West Oneida Street. He would also like to use the Civic Plaza including the roadway for additional vendor space.

He also requested use of the bandstand and requested for the market to be recognized as a “smoke free zone,” and a waiver of the open container law so that wine vendors can provide samples and have bottle sales (which will not be opened at the market but taken home).

Thomas Stults, owner of a single-family dwelling at 54 W. Fifth St., located in the First Ward, requested use of public space in order to install two new driveway lamps two foot by two foot by four foot each between the sidewalk and property line fronting West Schuyler Street.

P. Michael Shanley, owner of a commercial building, located at 247 W. Utica St., in the Third Ward, requested to place one 3’x2’ A-Frame sign between the curb and sidewalk, fronting West Utica Street.

He also requested use of public space for his commercial building located at 220 W. Seneca St., in the Third Ward, in order to place two 3’x2’ A-Frame signs, between the curb and sidewalk, one fronting West Seneca Street and one fronting Hillside Avenue.

Martha Lyons, representing Trinity Methodist Church, located at 45 E. Utica St., in the Fourth Ward, requested use of public space in order to place two 2’x3’ A-Frame signs between the curb and sidewalk, one fronting East Utica Street and one fronting East Fourth Street.

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

1 Comment

  1. It seems pretty clear what Councilor Emmons’ intentions are here. Notice that he only has questions for Mr. Jones and none of the other requests are questioned at all. Mr. Jones shouldn’t have to explain how he picks his dates for his events to the Councilor.

    Most of these are long standing events in our community. Harborfest hasn’t requested their use of space yet but they have also advertised those dates. I saw on the internet yesterday that Mr. Emmons himself has advertised dates for his Summer Concert Series without approval from council as well. Is this is his attempt to slap Mr. Jone’s wrist or is he just looking for another moment in the spotlight? Someone really likes the sound of his own voice.

    Emmons keeps saying how great and “wonderful” these events are. Actions speak much louder than words. It seems as though the Councilor would have better things to do than to challenge a local business that is trying to do good things for our community.

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