Council Seeks Funds For Lighthouse Project

More funding is being sought to restore Oswego's landmark lighthouse.

More funding is being sought to restore Oswego's landmark lighthouse.

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Tuesday night, the Common Council authorized the community development director to submit the State and Municipal Facilities Program Application to Assemblyman Will Barclay regarding the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse Restoration Project.

More funding is being sought to restore Oswego's landmark lighthouse.
More funding is being sought to restore Oswego’s landmark lighthouse.

The lighthouse had fallen into disrepair over the years. The US government awarded ownership of the lighthouse to the city in 2009. And, since then, there has been a grassroots effort to restore and preserve the landmark.

However, much work remains to be done.

Assemblyman Barclay said there is funding available for such projects.

Justin Rudgick, community development director, will submit a preliminary application to Barclay’s office requesting financial assistance for the lighthouse project. Mayor Tom Gillen was authorized to sign all documents necessary to effectuate the same.

The council also OK’d use of public space for APZ Holdings, owner of property at 176 E. Ninth St., in order to install a parking area.

Placement of restrictive signs at the Veterans’ Memorial Park was approved. The Veterans’ Council requested the signs to restrict commercial and recreational use in the park. Signs will be placed on the south wall of the memorial theater and the south entrance of the park.

Miles Becker, a Vietnam era veteran, was opposed to any restrictions.

“That park down there is public space,” he told the councilors. “It’s a public park. It is there for people who never served to honor people (who did serve).”

The mayor was authorized to:

– Enter into an agreement with GHD Consulting Services for design and construction phase services for a new centrifuge at the East Side Waste Water Treatment Plant. The price tag is $252,200.

– Sign Change Order No. 3 with J&A Mechanical for project modifications to the West Side EFMF and Pump Station Upgrade Project. It will decrease the total contract amount from $610,000 to $596,259.60.

The councilors waived the rules of the Common Council to present a pair of resolutions from the floor without committee consideration.

They approved use of public space for Mr. Anzalone, owner of property at 220 E. Bridge St., in order to construct a porch.

And the council expressed the support of the mayor and Common Council to the county of Oswego regarding the creation of the Oswego County Land Bank Corporation.

Last week, the Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs Committee of the Oswego County Legislature, unanimously voted to send a resolution to the full legislature authorizing the formation and incorporation of the Oswego County Land Bank Incorporation.

According to that proposed resolution: “…The Land Bank will create opportunities for Oswego County municipalities to develop procedures whereby the land bank, once incorporated, can select county delinquent tax properties for land bank use prior to the annual tax auction to be redeveloped consistent with the goals of the land bank…”

City officials say creation of a land bank can be a tool that can begin to address the blight, neglect and disinvestment in real property, which has negatively impacted the quality of life in the Port City’s neighborhoods.

“It’s awesome that the county took the lead on this,” Councilor Mike Todd said. “I think it will be great for the city of Oswego.”