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Committees Approve Public Space Use, Fee Permit Applications

Councilors Pat McLaughlin, Eric VanBuren and Caitlin Reynolds consider an issue at Tuesday night's meeting.

Councilors Pat McLaughlin, Eric VanBuren and Caitlin Reynolds consider an issue at Tuesday night's meeting.

OSWEGO, NY – At Tuesday night’s Physical Services Committee meeting, councilors gave a favorable recommendation to several requests to use public space and property.

•    Jennifer Losurdo, on behalf of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, requested use of public space in West Park on March 26 beginning at 11 a.m. to hold an Easter egg hunt open to the community.

•    Loralie Wallace requested use of public space in Breitbeck Park on June 25 for a graduation party from 1 – 7 p.m. with a DJ.

•    Cassandra Lembo requested use of public space in Breitbeck Park for a wedding venue on July 9 from 5 – 11 p.m. The ceremony and reception will include the placement of a 40’ by 80’ tent, food to be catered and alcohol will be served. There will be a DJ.

•    Sue Deary of the Oswego Lions Club said they are planning the fifth annual River’s Edge Craft Show for June 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
She requested use of Breitbeck Park. She also requested use of the city bandstand, waiver of the noise ordinance, waiver of the open container ordinance and use of two parking lots – one for vendors and the other for visitors. Lastly, the Lions request permission to place several A-Frame signs at various locations to advertise the event. They would be placed two weeks prior and removed immediately after.

•    Councilor Nathan Emmons, representing Warm Up Oswego, requested use of the pedestrian bridge over the river for fireworks on Feb. 6. He asked that the bridge be closed to pedestrian traffic from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for setup, execution and tear down of the fireworks apparatus.

Councilors Pat McLaughlin, Eric VanBuren and Caitlin Reynolds consider an issue at Tuesday night's meeting.
Councilors Pat McLaughlin, Eric VanBuren and Caitlin Reynolds consider an issue at Tuesday night’s meeting.

At the Planning and Development Committee meeting, Amy Birdsall, planning and zoning director, requested use of public space on behalf of M & A Holdings of CNY to install a sign at 132 Ellen St., zoned R-3 Residential.

The request was sent to the full council for consideration.

At the Administrative Services Committee meeting, Jeff McCrobie, fire chief, requested the city institute a tent, vendor carts, and propane inspection and permit fee for anyone operating in public space.

It would require a permit application that would be good for one calendar year, he said.

The fee would be (tent only) $25 for 10′ by 10′ and $50 for propane.

This would cover festivals and events.

It helps with not only accountability but the safety issues involved, he said.

The fire chief also requested permission to hold a blood drive for the Red Cross on March 2 from noon to 6 p.m. at the eastside fire station.

The blood drive is open to the public.

The chief requested permission to send four personnel to the Northern Adirondack Code Enforcement Officials Conference Feb. 29 to March 3 in Lake Placid and one personnel to the Train the Trainer in Montour Falls on Feb. 24.

He also requested permission to send three personnel (maybe four) to the New York State Fire Academy Recruit Firefighter Training Program, which will be held Feb. 28 through May 12.

Deana Ascenzi Lafond, city clerk, requested consideration for 11 companies that have submitted applications and have deposited with the City Clerk’s Office the required fee of $500 for a major hauler and $50 for a minor hauler for a 2016 solid waste license.

Sue Deary, city assessor and code enforcement officer, requested permission to attend NYSBOC Central Chapter – 11th annual education conference to be held in Liverpool March 29 – 31.

All of the requests were sent to the full council for consideration.