Councilors OK Creation Of Rain Garden At City Hall

OSWEGO, NY – The Common Council voted 6-0 (Councilor Bill Joyce was absent) to accept the donation of a Rain Garden.

The mayor was authorized to sign all documents necessary to accept the donation of the garden by the Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse.

It will be installed on City Hall property, with good public exposure.

Exploring green alternatives for storm water management in Oswego’s sewer systems will provide examples for Oswego residents to reduce the impact of storm water in the city sewer system, according to Mary Vanouse, community development director.

The Port City has been selected as an ideal location to demonstrate Rain Gardens for the general public, according to Vanouse.

Rain Gardens are defined as a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from the impervious surfaces (like roofs, driveways and compacted soil areas) the opportunity to be absorbed into the soil and reducing the stormwater runoff from entering into the sewer system, she noted.

Khristopher Dodson of the EPA Region 2 Environmental Finance Center is directing two graduate school interns in the project.

The team explored opportunity sites in downtown Oswego and suggested that City Hall would provide a perfect example for redirecting stormwater from a downspout to a Rain Garden, according to Mayor Randy Bateman.

The center will pay the cost of all materials, supplies and labor with assistance from volunteers to install the garden.

The council also authorized the DPW to provide the use of hand tools and necessary equipment to install the Rain Garden.

The mayor recognized city tourism director and harbor master Fred Crisafulli on his birthday.

“He continues to be a very active octogenarian,” the mayor said.

Councilors also approved the use of public space and waived the noise and open container ordinance in preparation for Harborfest and other summer events.

Aldermen approved the closing of Canal Street from 4 to 11 p.m. on Thursdays from July 30 to Aug. 27 for the annual Riverfront Concert Series.

First Ward Councilor Connie Cosemento applauded Shane Broadwell, event coordinator, for his decision to change the format of the music and re-position the speakers.

This will alleviate the noise problem created by the music coming across the water, she noted.

Mark Wahl’s (president of the Board of Directors of the Oswego Music Hall / Ontario Center for Performing Arts) request to use the McCrobie Civic Center for their 2010 concert dates for Saturday evenings from Jan. 9 to Dec. 4 and for six Friday evenings – Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 5, Oct. 8, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3 was also OK’d.

The council also gave a favorable recommendation to a request by Rev. Alan Bassette of the River of Life UPC, to use West Park for Aug. 21 for a “give back” event.

It would include live Christian music, gifts, food, airhop and balloon tier.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Larry Klotzko, owner of Old City Hall, 159 Water St., had a couple requests approved.

He was granted a waiver to the city’s noise ordinance so he can have outside music performers playing on his property on July 24 and 25.

And, the Open Container Ordinance will again be lifted during Harborfest on July 24 and 25 in the area of Water Street between Bridge and Market streets and Market Street.

Klotzko will also be able to sell food in the Water Street parking lot (between Market and West Cayuga streets) within two or three parking spots in the southeast corner of the parking lot on July 24 – 26.