Council To Consider Bid To Raze ‘Eyesore’

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Administrative Services Committee, councilors moved ahead with plans to raze a westside “eyesore.”

Mike Riley, purchasing agent, requested the Common Council accept the low bid submitted by Bronze Contracting in the amount of $19,850 for the controlled demolition of 147.5 W. Bridge St.

The only other bid came in at $41,782.

“I am so happy to see … the dilapidated houses being taken down. Trust me, I had one taken down a couple few weeks back and it’s a breath of fresh air to see that in the neighborhood. You really enjoy the neighborhood now without the squirrels, skunks and the raccoons. I’m definitely supporting this,” Councilor Mike Myers said.

The costs will be added to the owner’s taxes.

Myers said he is glad the city is getting rid of an “eyesore” and “just maybe,” somebody might be interested in that location and put up a nice building.

Right now, Councilor Eric VanBuren added, this is the city’s best method to get the structure taken down.

There is another house nearby that should also come down, noted Councilor Mike Todd.

Myers suggested looking into putting a lien on that property to pay for the work.

“That property should be torn down, too,” Todd said. “It is in worse shape than the first one. I can’t believe that (people) are allowed to live in that place.”

The committee sent the request to the full council for consideration.

The committee also gave a favorable recommendation to a request from Tory DeCaire, police chief, to authorize the mayor to sign the annual agreement between the city of Oswego and the NYS Unified Court system, Fifth Judicial District, with regard to the Court Security Contract Renewal.

Reimbursement is made to the city for the costs associated with providing Oswego Police Department security at Oswego City Court.

The maximum reimbursement for the period April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014, shall not exceed $105,625.

This agreement will cover the fiscal year 2013-2014.

Tony Leotta, city engineer, requested approval of Change Order No. 2 for the construction contract with W.D. Malone trucking and Excavating Inc. for the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project (EFC No. C7-6344-19-04), Area 1- part 2, George Washington Boulevard, Route 104 and West Bridge Street Basins project in the amount of $28,506.09.

This doesn’t add to the cost of the project, Council President Ron Kaplewicz explained. There was a contingency fund built into the contract, he said.

“If there is any leftover, there would be a reduction in the overall cost of the project,” Leotta added.

Leotta also requested approval of Change order No. 2 in the amount of $10,564.04 for the electrical contract with Patricia Electric for the West Side Waste Water Treatment Plant Expansion, EFC Project No. C7-6344-17-00.

The committee approved both requests.

Michael Smith, DPW commissioner, requested authorization to accept a donation from Novelis of up to $5,000, through the Oswego Renaissance Association, to offset the expenses incurred by the city to implement the Bridge Street Tree Planting Project.

The project will be completed by the end of October.