Council OK’s local law, solid waste code amendment

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Common Council approved Local Law No. 3 of 2013. It authorizes a property tax levy in excess of the limit established in General Municipal Law §3-c.

It doesn’t mean that the city will impose a tax greater than the cap, the mayor noted recently. It protects the city if it has to have a tax that goes over the cap, due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the power generating facilities, he explained. The city taxpayers would be protected from a technicality in the law that could penalize the city.

The council approved the bid submitted by Bronze Contracting for the demolition of 147 ½ W. Bridge St. The company submitted the low bid in the amount of $19,850 for the controlled demolition of the structure. The only other bid came in at $41,782.

In other action:

Councilors approved use of public space for:

  • Thomas Ciappa, owner of the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., in order to erect an A-frame sign.
  • Frank Deppolito, owner of Franco’s Pizza, 21 W. Bridge St., in order to erect a sign and place picnic tables.
  • Dean Crawford, owner of Bistro 197, 197 W. First St., in order to provide patrons with outside dining and further waive the provisions of the Open Container Ordinance to allow for outside alcohol consumption.

The council also accepted two donations:

  • A park bench from the children of Walter and Clara Brown to be placed in Breitbeck Park in memory of their parents
  • A monetary donation, of up to $5,000, from Novelis, through the Oswego Renaissance Association, for expenses incurred while implementing the Bridge Street Tree Planting Project. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October.

The city is clamping down on solid waste violations.

Councilors OK’d proposed amendments to the Code of the City of Oswego, Chapter 249, Vacant and Occupied Property Maintenance Ordinance, Section 249-5, Preparation of Solid Waste for Collection, Section 249-6, Approved Collection Containers and Section 249-10,  Notification of Violation and Remedies

The amendments include trash containers “shall have attached, tight-fitting covers, tethered to the can”; and “in the event of two notices of violations of any section of this chapter have been previously sent to the owner, tenant or occupant of a residential home in a six-month period, the requirement of a notification pursuant to section 249-10, shall be waived, and the director of code enforcement or his designee, is empowered to immediately institute any appropriate action pursuant to section 249-10 D.”

Mayor Tom Gillen was authorized to execute a renewal agreement with the New York State Unified Court System for Court Security.

Reimbursement is made to the city for the costs associated with providing Oswego Police Department security at Oswego City Court.

The maximum reimbursement for the period April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014, shall not exceed $105,625.

This agreement will cover the fiscal year 2013-2014.

He was also authorized to sign

  • Change Order No. 2 in the amount of $10,564.04 with Patricia Electric for project modifications to the West Side Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion EFC Project No. C7-6344-17-00
  • Change Order No. 2 in the amount of $28,506.09 with W.D. Malone Trucking and Excavating for project modifications to the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Area 1 – Part 2 Project
  • Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $18,185.10 with W.D. Malone Trucking and Excavating for project modifications to the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Area 1 – Part 2 Project. Funding is provided in the base contract award.

A transfer of $1,029.42 from the Community Development Contingent Account to the Community Development 6420 Account was approved. The funds will pay Step One Creative for printed materials for the city’s new branding initiative.

The fire chief’s request for attendance at the First Line Supervisory Training Program to be held November 4-29 in Fort Totten, NY, was also OK’d.

The mayor was authorized to transfer $363.10 from contingent account A1990.461 to Mayor Personal Services, specifically line item Account Clerk Typist A1210.101.

Councilors also granted a solid waste collector’s license to Ritter and Paratore Contracting of Utica for the year 2013.

They have paid $500 for a major hauler license as required by law.