Council Approves Signage To ‘Fight The Bite’ of EEE

OSWEGO, NY – The Common Council made quick work of its agenda Monday night.

The councilors unanimously OK’d a request from the Maggie Sue Glenister Wilcox family to use public space to educate the community about the deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.

At last week’s committee meetings, Donna Wilcox, on behalf of the family, requested permission to place signs in Oswego city parks. Wilcox said she’d like to have the signs erected where they are visible, but out of the way, for the summer.

“At the end of the season we will collect them and use them again,” she said.

The fight the bite signage will be placed in flower boxes in city parks to make the public aware of EEE and to wear protective clothing and use bug spray as a precaution.

The council also approved other requests for use of public space.

James Kray, owner of a single-family dwelling located at 172 E. Mohawk St., was granted permission to construct a new 10’x18’-6” porch and step, fronting his dwelling, as well as a new 7’x36’ driveway extension of an existing driveway fronting his property.

Peter Allen, executive director of Thank a Service Member, was granted permission to use of the area along the West Linear Park and Veterans Park on June 9 (raindate June 10) for the purpose of holding a community/military veterans’ event.

Doug Montroy, president of the Syracuse Chapter 493 of the STAR Touring & Riding Association, was granted use of public space. He has rented the pavilion at Breitbeck Park on Aug. 25 for their 2012 NYS Picnic. They were granted permission to have exclusive use of the parking lot to hold bike games on that date, and to have barricades from the Traffic Department dropped off at the parking lot for this event.

The purchasing agent was authorized to prepare a request for proposals from banking institutions so the city can seek the best rates for the credit cards in order to accept credit card payments at the International Marina.

Several requests to travel were also approved.

Deb Coad, city chamberlain, received permission to travel to the NYCOM Fall Training School Sept. 9-14, in Lake Placid.

Jeff McCrobie, fire chief, was authorized to send one firefighter to Codes Training of New York State at the Moyers Corners Fire Department to be held on: May 22, 23, 24, June 26, 27, 28 and July (dates to be determined later).

Tory DeCaire, police chief, was authorized to send three police officers to a Forensic Interviewing Course (children), June 6-8, at the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Site in Syracuse.

Officers have to be trained and certified in order to interview children in these cases, the chief pointed out.

“It would be easier for us to have someone certified on shift so we don’t have to call in somebody,” he explained.

The police chief was also authorized to send one police officer to a Cellebrite Training by cmdLabs – Massachusetts, May 14-17, at the Medford Police Academy, Medford, Mass.

“This is something that will be paid for out of Department of Justice funding; it’s not coming out of our budget,” the chief said.

And DeCaire was also authorized to send four police officers to the Northeast Marijuana Trafficking & Eradication Strategy Conference to be held June 4-7 at the High Peak Resort, Lake Placid.

The purchasing agent was authorized to seek bids to purchase a re-conditioned cab and chassis to meet the attached specifications. The vehicle would be used by the DPW.

Funding for this purchase will come from the CHIPS Account.

David Thompson, owner of Gibby’s Irish Pub, was granted a waiver for the Noise Ordinance.

He would like to have live entertainment on some Fridays and Saturdays, for the months of June through September until 10 p.m.

Thompson also requested a waiver for the Noise Ordinance during Harborfest, July 27 and 28, until 1 a.m. for live entertainment.

The council approved a monthly car allowance of $50 to the Senior Laboratory Technician at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

This is to be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012.

City Engineer Tony Leotta was authorized to schedule the dedication of city of Oswego 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden on East First Street at 4 p.m. on June 16 at the Peace Garden site.

Councilors approved a Bond Resolution ($3,031,000) to pay part of the cost of the disinfection project at the Excess Flow Management Facility.