Council OKs Use of Park To Host Benefit For Julian Ross

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Common Council approved use of public space for the Ross family.

Julian Ross was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma on August 4, 2011. He was just 6 years old. In early March, 9-year-old Julian was put on Hospice care.

He has been undergoing treatments at Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Julian will be coming home soon and his family has requested use of the Breitbeck Park pavilion and adjacent area (and the city bandstand) to honor their son.

The event will be held June 21 from noon until 6 p.m.

They were also granted a variance to the noise ordinance in order to allow them to have live music at the event.

The family-friendly event will feature various vendors, a bounce house and many other activities.

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The council also approved use of public space for:

– Don Belcastro, contract purchaser of Adirondack Manor Adult Home, 24 E.  Oneida St., in order to install a fence

– Residents of the Fifth Ward, in order to plant four curb gardens at the intersection of West Eighth and Erie streets

– Oswego Renaissance Association, in order to place signs in recognition of Neighborhood Pride and Block Challenge grants

– Steven Phillips, representative of Mugs and Motors, in order to place signs in various locations

– The Oswego YMCA to use Breitbeck Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the months of June Through August in order to hold a Fitness Boot Camp

– A wedding to be held on June 20 in Montcalm Park.

– And, St. Joseph’s Church to place advertising signs throughout the city regarding their upcoming Festival Italiano from July 17 until Aug. 2.

The city owns 375 Mitchell Street, formerly owned by Great Lakes Veneer. The property was deeded to the city by Oswego County by virtue of the county’s property tax foreclosure.

The city received a purchase offer for the property from Jeff Holbrook for $250,000 together with a letter of intent for a three-year lease for the sum of $90,000 (totaling $340,000).

Mayor Tom Gillen was authorized to execute the agreement of purchase and sale and letter of intent, pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in the letter and purchase offer

The mayor was authorized to execute all documents necessary to effectuate the sale of the property.

Councilors approved two variances of the Noise Ordinance, one to Rick and Joan Goodman for July 9 and the other to The Sting, 49 W. Bridge St., during the months of June through October.

The mayor was also authorized to:

– Execute an agreement with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau for the 2015 operation of the Youth Center and Skateboard Park.

– And execute an agreement with the county of Oswego for state aid reimbursement.

The council approved regulation of private sales on public space in the Fourth Ward

A reimbursement of variance fee for the owner of property located at 5 Primrose Path was OK’d as was further waiver of future variance fees for properties located on Primrose Path.

Councilors expressed support of the mayor and Common Council to the county of Oswego regarding a waiver of tipping fees for a project located at 54 W. Fifth St.

The purchasing agent was authorized to lock-in a fixed price contract for electric supply rates.

Additional funding for travel to the APA Northeast Planning Conference to be held June 24-26 in Saratoga Springs (request of Amy Birdsall, planning and zoning director) was approved.

The city chamberlain was authorized to accept a donation of $4,900 from FEMA for the fire department to replace a failed outboard motor for the inflatable rescue boat.