Council OKs Memorial For Oswego Safety Advocate

OSWEGO – The Oswego Common Council sailed through a light agenda this week.

The council accepted the donation of a memorial bench in memory of Billie Crandall Brady, recognizing her dedication to the Oswego Community. She lost her battle with cancer on Feb. 1, 2017.

Her husband, Dennis, requested the bench be placed in Breitbeck Park.

“We are originally from Watertown but moved here in 1979 just after getting married, as Billie was still attending OSU,” he said. “We spent our entire married life, 37+ years here. And, Billie loved Oswego and everyone she met here.”

Billie received her bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Oswego. She had worked for Integrated Community Planning as the coordinator of the traffic safety board since 2003.

In honor of her work for traffic safety, especially with young bicycle riders, in February of 2017 community members donated more than 240 bicycle helmets and money for additional helmet purchases in lieu of flowers to honor her.

The brainchild of Theresa Sugar Scanlon (Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home), the helmets were distributed to Oswego County children through traffic safety outreach and events.

Billie had also worked in real estate for Bob Chetney.

In 2017, she was recognized as Zonta’s Woman of Achievement.

She was honored for her service to the community receiving proclamations from Mayor Billy Barlow as well as from Assemblyman Will Barclay, State Senator Patty Ritchie, Rep. John Katko and US Senator Kristen Gillibrand.

“In the two years Billie was ill, we rented a slip for our boat at Wright’s Landing and spent countless hours in Breitbeck Park walking and watching the sunsets. A memorial bench there in her honor would mean a lot to her many, many friends in Oswego and a great deal to her two sons and I,” her husband said explaining why the Breitbeck site was requested.

In other business:

Councilors authorized the Community Development Director to apply for and submit an application for the Companion Animal Capital Fund Grant.

The funds are provided for the cost of capital projects.

Oswego is eligible to apply for grants of not less than $100,000 and not more than $500,000 not to exceed 75 percent of the total project cost.

The city’s proposed project for the Animal Control Shelter is estimated at $550,500 of which the city will be applying for $439,000 and the city’s financial matching contribution will be an estimated $111,500, the mayor told the councilors.

Upon successful award of the grant, the chamberlain is authorized to transfer (an estimated) $111,500 from Account A.9906.0460 to CDA 6420.

The council waived the rules to act on a resolution without prior committee consideration.

The resolution called for a change to Resolution No. 475 of 2017.

It authorize the mayor to enter into an agreement with Paul F. Agnerame to assist with the purchasing consolidation and it further authorize the transfer of funds from the Contingent Account to pay for it.

The pact was to be effective as of Jan. 1, 2018, for the sum of $75 per hour and in an amount not to exceed $12,500.

However, it has been determined that he began working on behalf of the city immediately after the resolution was adopted. As a result, incurred expenses in furtherance of his duties on behalf of the city in the amount of $2,625, as referenced in an invoice submitted for payment to the City Chamberlain, Mayor Billy Barlow explained.

Councilors OK’d Resolution No. 17 of 2018, which amends the date on the original resolution to be “effective Dec. 1, 2017” without changing the contract price.