Council Sets Public Hearing Regarding Swimming Pools

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Common Council breezed through a light agenda Monday night.

A public hearing regarding the proposed amendment to the Code of the City of Oswego, Chapter 280, Zoning Ordinance, Section 280-70(H)(4), Swimming Pools was set for 7:10 p.m. on April 8.

It will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The amendment deals with “maintenance and abandonment of swimming pools.”

It reads: “In the event that an abandoned or permanently discontinued in-ground or above ground swimming pool has not been filled-in or removed resulting from a court action, the city reserves the right to enter the owner’s property to fill in or remove the abandoned swimming pool. The cost of filling or removal of a pool on the owner’s property shall be charged against the property upon which the pool exists, in the same manner as a local assessment, provided for in the Charter of the City of Oswego.”

The ordinance shall take effect after approval by the mayor and 10 days after the first publication thereof in the official media.

The council also set the fee schedule for the Charles E. Gallagher Swimming Pool for the 2013 season. The rates will remain the same as they were in 2012.

The pool will be opening for the summer on June 22 at 12:30 p.m.

Public swim will be between 12:30 – 5 p.m. and family swim will be from 5 – 7 p.m.

The fees are as follows:

Youth Day Pass $1 for residents and $1 for non-residents (less than 18 years old)
Adult Day Pass $2 for residents and non-residents
Youth Season Pass $25 for residents and $35 for non-residents
Adult Season Pass $35 for residents and $45 for non-residents
Family Season Pass $55 for residents and $75 for non-residents
Seniors (62 and older) free for residents and non-residents

The learn to swim program is $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents (per child, per session).

Swimming lessons will be offered in June. They are held in four two-week sessions with 10 children in each session.

Birthday parties are available by appointment at the daily rate. For reservations, call 342-4951 or 343-7630.

Group rates are available for private parties based on the number of people and the specific time. For more information, call 342-4951 or 343-7630.

For further information, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 342-4951 prior to June 22.

As of June 22, anyone requesting information can call the pool at 343-7630.

The councilors approved use of city properties for the Tri-Oswego Triathlon to be held on June 15; and for the Oswego Dragon Boat Festival to be held on September 7.

Jeff Holbrook Properties, LLC, owner of property at 305 E. Seneca St. was granted a landfill permit.

The council accepted several donations of a park bench from:

Renee Mournighan to be placed in Breitbeck Park in memory of Richard Hibbert.
Christopher Church to be placed in Breitbeck Park in memory of Rocco and Grace Fortino.
Melanie Broughton to be placed in Breitbeck Park in memory of Judy Dence.
Dave Longley to be placed in Breitbeck Park in memory of Paul “Butch” Somers.

They also accepted donation of a forfeited vehicle for use by the Police Department.

Councilors granted approval for use of the City Seal by the Oswego Youth Soccer Association in its new uniform design.

Lester Yarman of Liverpool was granted a solid waste collector’s license for the Year 2013.

A request for a budget amendment to the 2013 Operating Budget was approved.

Police Chief Tory DeCaire requested to amend the detail in Account A3120.101, moving funding ($59,298) from the position of police officer to the position of public safety clerk.

A bid submitted by Arrow Fence Company for the purchase and installation of fencing at the Water Treatment Plant and the Munn Street Pumping Station was OK’d. The work will be paid for by funds the city received in a grant.

The purchasing agent was authorized to seek bids in accordance with plans and specifications prepared by GHD Consulting Engineers for the rehabilitation of the Westside sanitary sewer system, Route 104, West Bridge Street and Washington Avenue basins, part 2 of area 1.

Approval of the contract documents for part 2 of area 1 has been received from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Results of the bidding will be returned to the council for consideration.

The council approved requests for travel including:

Attendance at the 2013 Educational Conference to be held April 2-5 in Liverpool. And, attendance at various training courses to be held June 1-2; June 3-8; and November 15-17 in Montour Falls. Requested by Jeff McCrobie, fire chief.

Attendance at the Phase II Basic Course for Police Officers beginning April 16 in Canton as well as attendance at the Basic Course for Police Officers beginning April 29 in Elmira. Requested by Tory DeCaire, police chief.