Oswego Council Committee OK’s Public Hearing Requests

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting this week, the Planning and Development Committee recommended the council schedule two public hearings.

Mary Vanouse, community development director, requested a public hearing on the 2020 Vision Comprehensive Plan Revision document for Jan. 24 to receive comments and feedback in regard to the adoption of the City of Oswego 2020 Strategic Plan – in anticipation of adoption of the plan.

Councilors received the draft of the plan at the Dec. 6 Planning and Development Committee meeting. A public meeting was held Dec. 13 to present the plan to the public and begin the 30-day review period.

The Oswego County Community Development, Tourism and Planning Department reviewed the plan for consistency with the county’s comprehensive plan and has recommended approval of the city’s 2020 strategic plan as an amendment to the 2020 Vision Comprehensive Plan adopted Aug. 25, 2003.

The public hearing would be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24, prior to the council meeting.

Barb Sugar, city clerk, requested authorization to schedule a public hearing on Jan. 24 regarding Proposed Local Law #1 regarding Chapter 63, Animals.

Last year, the state changed Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law regarding the licensing of dogs in the state.

As of Jan. 1, licensing of dogs is a local function and as such, the city needs to revise Chapter 63, Animals, to conform to the new state regulations, she explained.

The fee schedule shall be $10 for spayed or neutered dogs; $5 for spayed or neutered dogs owned by seniors over 65 years old; $25 for unsprayed or unneutered dogs four months old or older.

On a monthly basis, $1 per spayed and neutered dog and $3 per unsprayed or unneutered dog shall be submitted to the Animal Population Control Fund.

Delinquent payments for license renewals will be charged a $5 late fee.

Service dogs are exempt from the license fee; valid documentation must be provided.

Another amendment to the local law is that “no person at any time shall fasten or keep any unattended animal in front of a building or residence where they may present a danger to persons trying to approach said building or residence.”

After all the discussion and concern the last time the matter was discussed, at this time, the city isn’t revising Section 63.7 (H), regarding farm animals in the city, Sugar added.

The public hearing would be held at 7:10 p.m. on Jan. 24, prior to the council meeting.

Vanouse also requested permission to seek Urban Forestry grants that may double the impact of the city’s budget for trees and parks in the coming year by making a proposal for a 50 percent matching grant.

The committee sent all three requests to the full council for consideration.