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Council Urges Oswegonians To Stand Up And Be Counted

Mayor Randy Bateman, left, is joined by David Friedlander, principal of Trinity Catholic School, and some of the students for the Pledge of Allegiance at Monday night's council meeting. The mayor proclaimed Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 as Catholic School Week in the Port City.
Mayor Randy Bateman, left, is joined by David Friedlander, principal of Trinity Catholic School, and some of the students for the Pledge of Allegiance at Monday night's council meeting. The mayor proclaimed Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 as Catholic School Week in the Port City.

OSWEGO, NY – The Common Council breezed through a light agenda in about 10 minutes Monday night.

In his report to the council, Mayor Randy Bateman proclaimed the city is committed to partnering with the US Census bureau to ensure a full and accurate count in 2010.

The councilors approved a request by the US Census Bureau to use a room in the McCrobie Building to conduct training from February through June from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., specific hours will be determined.

They also OK’d waiving the fee for use of the room.

This March, every household across the nation will receive a census form. Required once every 10 years by the US Constitution, the census will count every man, woman and child living in the United States.

Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to tribal, state and local governments based on census data, according to Tory DeCaire, chair of the city’s 2010 Complete Census Count Committee.

“A lack or participation can result in our community and nation receiving less federal funding and less access to important services and resources than we might otherwise have received,” he explained

Census data is also used to reapportion seats in Congress and assure proper district representation in state and local governments.

“An accurate count will help ensure the people in this community are fairly represented in all levels of government,” DeCaire noted.

Nationally, during the 2000 census, 72 percent of the population sent back their mail-in census of the April 2000 cut-off.

“I believe we can do better in 2010,” DeCaire said. “That is why today, we are encouraging Oswegonians to take 10 minutes to participate in the census by answering the 10-question census form. Together we can create a better tomorrow for ourselves, our family and our community.”

To learn more, visit www.2010census.gov

The councilors also approved Don Goodness’ request to use the McCrobie Building to store sheet music for the City Band Music Group.

The music is being stored at the McCrobie Building, “in a very temporary situation right now,” explained DPW – Parks and Recreation commissioner Mike Smith.

Letizia Knapp, director of Off Campus Affairs at SUNY Oswego, was approved to use Breitbeck Park, including the pavilion, on May 9 to hold a “give back event.”

Applications for the 2010 Solid Waste Collector’s Licenses are approved as well.

The city accepted the proposal submitted by CME Associates to perform a stability analysis at the Legends Softball Complex landfill site.

They can start the study soon, Smith said, especially is the weather doesn’t get too bad.

A public hearing on the proposed zone change in the Second Ward will be held at 7:10 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Council Chambers.

The aldermen authorized the mayor to sign all documents necessary to apply for:

A grant to implement the Crisafulli Ice Rink Photo Voltaic Project, and the John O’C Conway Energy Conservation Project, the Roy C. McCrobie Building Energy Conservation Project, the Oswego Rain Barrel and Household Composting Project and to hire an energy management coordinator to benchmark and monitor the energy use of the city.

The mayor was also authorized to sign change orders Nos. 4 and 5 with J&A Mechanical Contractors in the amounts of $3,252 and $2,153, respectively, for the Oswego Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant Generator Installation Project.

The cost will be charged to the project’s contingency account.

The mayor was also authorized to sign a renewed Operation and Maintenance Agreement for the High Dam Hydroelectric facility with Brookfield Power, Hydro Services, for the period of Jan. 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2012.

Deborah Coad, acting city chamberlain, and the mayor were authorized to sign all documents to effectuate the Environmental Facilities Corporation Application as it relates to the Westside Sewer Project Funding.

Police Chief Mike Dehm was granted permission to apply for and participate in the 2010 Port Security Grant Program.

Its purpose is to create a sustainable, risk-based effort to protect critical port infrastructures from terrorism.

The request is to apply for three separate grants. The first is for training. The second is for surveillance and security. And, the third is for underwater security measures.

And, Joe Perry, fire chief, was granted permission to send two firefighters to the recruit training school to be held Feb. 28 to May 13 in Montour Falls.