Council Takes Steps To Highlight The Port City

OSWEGO, NY – The Port City will become more easily recognizable in the near future.

At its meeting this week, the Common Council authorized Mayor Tom Gillen to enter into an agreement with Shane Stepien, president of Step One Creative, for a brand/visual identity initiative.

It was developed as result of several meetings of the Oswego Branding Committee, which was appointed by former Mayor Randy Bateman on Oct. 4, 2011, for the purpose of effectively coordinating efforts in the design and placement of banners and signage in the city of Oswego.

The purpose of the initiative is to create a much stronger representation of the city, its attractions, natural resources, heritage, cultural significance and overall mission, the mayor explained.

Funding for the project ($3,000) is available through the Community Development Office.

In other action:

The council approved a change in the hours at the Animal Shelter.

As of April 1, the shelter will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. open to the public.

These hours shall be maintained year round at the shelter until further notice.

The mayor was authorized to execute all documents necessary in support of the Step 3 Brownfield Opportunity Area Grant Program.

The city’s Midtown Plaza Garage will be included as a redevelopment site for the project.

A request to use of public space by Robert Boysman, owner of a single-family dwelling at 62 E. Mohawk St., in order to install a one-car parking area, 10 foot by 20 foot between the sidewalk and curb was also approved.

Nicholas Sereno, one of the owners of Lighthouse Lanes, 295 E. Albany St., was granted a special variance or permit due to the noise ordinance.

They want to have outside music band playing Friday nights on the following dates: June 29, July 6, July 13, Aug. 3, 10 and 17, from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Sereno is also going to apply to the New York State Liquor Authority for outside temporary beer and wine permits for each event, from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

He said he is hiring Chestnut Street Security to secure and monitor each event.

The council approved revocation of parking in public space at 65 W. Fourth St.

“This has been a problem for some time,” said First Ward Councilor Fran Enwright. “This will make things much safer.”

An administrative hearing was held on March 7; the neighbors complained that the parking in public space fronting 65 W. Fourth St. is used by an excessive number of cars which often extend over the sidewalk, interfering with the passage of pedestrians.

City Engineer Tony Leotta recommended that the pre-existing four parking spaces in public space fronting 65 W. Fourth St. be revoked and the city install a curb and return the public space to lawn no later than July 1.

The Common Council accepted the proposal that was received from Century 21 to provide realtor services associated with the sale of foreclosed commercial and residential properties.

The mayor was authorized to sign Task Order No. 4, Engineering Services Agreement with GHD, West Side Combined Sewer Separation, EFC No. C7-6344-19-02 in the amount of $1,705 for additional survey services to acquire an easement along Brookfield Power property for a new storm water sewer outfall to the Oswego River from West First Street.

The purchasing agent was authorized to seek proposals for professional engineering services from C&S Consulting Engineers for East Side Wastewater Treatment Facility Modified SPDES Permit No. NY0029114 per the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The modified permit becomes effective on April 1.

Councilors also approved attendance (for Mary Vanouse) at the National Main Street Conference to be held April 1 in Baltimore.

The council approved the sale of property at 60 E. Fourth St.

Tony Pauldine has offered to purchase the property for $12,500.

Police Chief Tory DeCaire’s request for permission for the installation of a security camera on a city-owned lamppost (177) at the northeast corner of the intersection of Water and Market streets was approved. A second camera will be sited elsewhere.

The camera will be monitored by Oswego Police Department personnel.

The camera and monitoring equipment will be installed utilizing Port Security grant funding, administered by the Port of Oswego Authority, under written agreement in the form of a memorandum of understanding.

There will be no cost for installation, which will be provided by the Department of Public Works.