Committee Gives Harborfest Green Light To Use Public Space

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Physical Services Committee agreed to allow Harbor Festivals, Inc., to use the same public space it has for decades.

Gay Williams, city attorney, received a request from the organization for use of public space for the staging and production of Harborfest 2015.

“What we’re asking for is the same as we have been asking for the last 20 years or so,” Doug Buske, executive director of Oswego Harbor Festivals, Inc., told the committee. “The same parking, the same parks, the same spaces. All we need is the space we had last year.”

First Ward Councilor Fran Enwright voiced some concern about safety around the marina area, the location of the festival’s midway along Lake Street.

Harborfest has agreed to put security fencing there, Buske said.

It is difficult for motorists going back and forth from the (boat) launch area and Yacht Club area to see pedestrians, Enwright said.

Crowds walk right across the marina entrance and across the road when there are people driving back and forth from the Yacht Club and everywhere else, he pointed out.

“You can’t really see anybody; there are no streetlights. It’s really, really dangerous. There wasn’t any security to stop any of the people going through (in 2014),” he said. “What I’m suggesting is there’s got to be a definite fence so people can’t walk across there for safety reasons.”

Buske agreed attention needs to be focused on that location and said the festival would also ramp up security there in 2015.

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

The committee also gave a favorable response to a request to use public space from William Scheinert.

The owner of a single-family dwelling at 29-31 E. Eleventh St., located in the Second Ward, wants to use public space 18’x18’ for a two-car paved parking area between the sidewalk and property line fronting East Eleventh Street.