Council Approves Participation In Solar NY Program

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Common Council moved forward with a program to support the use of solar power.

Mayor Tom Gillen was authorized to execute an agreement with the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board for the Solarize Central New York Campaign.

NYSERDA initiated the program to encourage municipalities to adopt programs to support the installation of solar generated electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The CNY Regional Planning and Development Board has provided technical assistance to other communities and has a proven track record of success for Solarize programs, according to Mary Vanouse, community development director.

Oswego has been invited to take part  in a proposed Solar NY Program, she added.

The city supports the program and encourages its residential and commercial property owners to generate more clean energy and reduce carbon emissions, according to the resolution.

The program will be administered by the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board with local support provided by the city for community meetings and outreach.

Vanouse described the program as a “win-win” for the city, community and area businesses.

Also, the council scheduled a public hearing for 7:10 p.m. Jan. 26 regarding proposed Local Law No. 1 of the year 2015. The local law authorizes a property tax levy in excess of the limit established in General Municipal Law Section 3-C.

The public hearing will be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 13 W. Oneida St.

In other business:

The council approved use of city property for the Warm-Up Oswego Festival to be held February 6-7.

Jacqueline Thorpe, of the Tobacco Free Network of Central New York, requested use of the Civic Plaza and the city’s bandstand for the festival.

The council voted unanimously to approve the request and Mayor Tom Gillen presented a proclamation in support of the annual event.

Councilors also approved the acceptance of donations (nine feet of oak kitchen cabinets and nine feet of counter top for a surgical suite) from Connie Evans, (a bathtub) Raby’s Ace Home Center and (22 Kuranda beds for dogs) Dogs in Need Everywhere, for use by the Animal Shelter.

Barbara Sugar, city clerk, received applications for 2015 Solid Waste Collector’s Licenses and the companies have deposited with the City Clerk’s Office the license fee of (nine) $500 for a Major Hauler and (one) $50 for a Minor Hauler.

The council granted Sugar authorization to issue the licenses.

The mayor was authorized to:

sign Change Order No. 4 with GHD Consulting Engineers for project modifications to the West Side EFMF and Pump Station Upgrade Project in the amount of $0 for replacement door on swirl concentrator with a new FRP door. Funding is provided in the base contract award.

sign the professional engineering services agreement with GHD Consulting Engineers for the East Side Wastewater Treatment Plant Generator Replacement Project in the amount of $52,900. Funding is available on the contracted services budget line.

It is necessary for the city to prepay public utility and postage charges prior to the presentation of a warrant to the Administrative Services Committee to avoid late penalties. The state comptroller recommended adopting a preauthorizing resolution to address the situation.

The council authorized the city chamberlain to prepay public utilities and postage charges.