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Council OKs Funds For Lighthouse, Parks Restoration

The city received $100,000 to continue restoration of the lighthouse. More funding will aid 2 parks and the animal shelter.

The city received $100,000 to continue restoration of the lighthouse. More funding will aid 2 parks and the animal shelter.

OSWEGO, NY – Some city landmarks got a big boost at this week’s Common Council meeting.

The mayor and chamberlain were authorized to execute all documents necessary pertaining to the State and Municipal Facilities Program for the restoration of the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse. The city was awarded $100,000 to continue the restoration efforts at the lighthouse.

The city received $100,000 to continue restoration of the lighthouse. More funding will aid 2 parks and the animal shelter.
The city received $100,000 to continue restoration of the lighthouse. More funding will aid 2 parks and the animal shelter.

Councilors also OK’d placement of a National Register of Historic Places plaque at the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse.

The mayor and chamberlain were also authorized to execute all documents necessary pertaining to the State and Municipal Facilities Program for the improvements to Breitbeck and Shapiro parks and the expansion of the Animal Control Center. The city received $100,000 for improvements to the parks as well as for renovation and expansion of the Animal Control Center.

The council granted a variance of the Noise Ordinance to Mr. and Mrs. Robert McGrath, proprietors of the Clubhouse Tavern and Spencer’s Ali, at 124 – 126 W. Second St., May 25 through September 9. The times are Thursdays 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Sundays 4 to 8 p.m.

Councilors also approved:

•    A budget transfer from within the Enterprise budgets between the east and west Wastewater Treatment plants for personal services. $15,075 will be moved to personal services and $55,000 to personal services overtime.

•    An $185,000 budget transfer from within the Fire Department.

•    A $1,200 budget amendment to Planning Personal Services and Planning Contractual Services.

•    A budget amendment for the Route 48 Green Gateway Water Quality Improvement Project Grant. The local funding share wasn’t recognized in the original resolution. The chamberlain was authorized to complete a budget amendment for $64,312 to cover the share.

•    Two transfers of $10,000 each from within the Fire Department. The purpose of the transfers is to cover miscellaneous purchases due to budget amendments per the Purchasing Department.

Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie’s request to send one firefighter to the Vehicle Fire Investigation Course to be held April 18-20 and October 4-6 in Montour Falls was approved.

The council waived the rules of the Common Council to present a resolution from the floor without committee consideration. And then, approved sale of property located at 2660-2664 Johnson Road.

The city received three bids on the property. The (accepted) highest was $6,600 submitted by Steven York that included a development proposal to create a variety of artistic using sustainable eco-friendly methods.