Council Creates Account To Help Fund Special Projects

OSWEGO, NY – In 2002, the city established a capital project (P 1600 East Albany Street Bridge). Funds were appropriated from the General Fund.

The project has been completed. However, a balance of $206,984.91 remains in the account, according to the city chamberlain.

At its meeting this week, the Common Council authorized the city chamberlain to close the account and to establish an accounting reserve for special projects.

The funds can be used for things such as removal of dilapidated and dangerous buildings, councilors said.

The council accepted two bids for demolition of a couple of “eyesores” on the east side.

Target Construction Services submitted a bid of $30,650 for the demolition of 111 E. Fourth St.

Bronze Contracting submitted a bid of $24,800 for the demolition of 123 E. Seneca St.

“This has been an eyesore for years,” Councilor Shawn Walker said of the house in his ward. “I’m looking forward to taking it down, getting it cleaned up and putting some green space there.”

Councilor Mike Myers echoed Walker’s sentiments regarding the site to be razed in his ward.

“I’m glad we are moving forward on this and improving our neighborhoods,” he said.

The council also approved use of public space for:

  • Bernadette Crisafulli, owner of A Touch of Grace, 171 W. First St., in order to install an A-frame sign.
  • Nathan Emmons, owner of Mother Earth Baby, 70 W. Bridge St., in order to install an A-frame sign.
  • James Pauldine, owner of JP Wholesale Jewelers, 136 W. Bridge St., in order to install an A-frame sign.

And, the councilors OK’d use of city parks for the Little Free Library Project to help promote reading and literacy; and use of West Linear Park as part of the Springboard Mural Project to clean up graffiti on an area building.

For more information on either project, call 349-3575 or email [email protected]

The city accepted the donation of a storage building from Sprint.

The Sprint telecommunications building and associated utilities is located at the Ellen Street tank. Sprint has offered $5,000 to assist in the transfer of ownership.