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Council Approves Taxi Law; Appoints New Personnel Director

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Common Council approved Local Law No. 6 of the year 2016. The local law amends Chapter 228, Taxicabs, of the Code of the City of Oswego.

A public hearing was held prior to the vote. No one stepped up to the microphone, however.

The intent of the law is to protect the public as well curb rogue taxi cabs from infringing on legitimate (Oswego) taxi cabs’ business, according to Councilor John Gosek, who spearheaded the amendments to the city code.

The changes include the license fees for each taxicab or renewal, inspections, fines for violations and more.

It shall become effective immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.

Also Monday night, the councilors waived the rules of the council to present a resolution from the floor without committee consideration.

They then approved appointment of Nancy Sterio as personnel director.

She will take over from Rita Tickle who is retiring.

Sterio will serve for the remainder of the existing six-year term, Nov. 8, 2014 through Nov. 8, 2020.

In other business:

The council approved use of city property (Breitbeck Park) – Oswego Lions Club, in order to host its annual River’s Edge Craft Show on June 11, 2017.

They accepted a donation of a park bench from Susan Goodman to be placed in Breitbeck Park.

The mayor was authorized to:

• Execute an intermunicipal agreement with the county of Oswego for the treatment of leachate and disposal of sludge. The county will pay the city $.02/gallon over the initial 12,500,000 of leachate taken in and the city will pay the county a tipping fee $75/ton after 2,900 tons is exceeded.

• Execute a contract to purchase with Housing Visions Consultants, Inc., for premises known as the Flexo Wire Site.

The council approved a budget amendment ($160,000) to the Computer Department. The funds will be used to update necessary computer programs.

Also approved was a transfer of funds ($3,140) from within the Fire Department. The money will be used to purchase two new heat pumps for the Eastside Station.