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Oswego Council Eyes Winter Parking Ban

Ellen Clark shows off a prototype of the hearts she'd like to display in the Port City next month.

Ellen Clark shows off a prototype of the hearts she'd like to display in the Port City next month.

OSWEGO, NY – At Monday night’s Planning and Development Committee,
Mayor William Barlow requested a discussion regarding the City Code 257.27, Winter Parking Restrictions.

Last winter’s alternate street plan wasn’t the best idea, he said.

In lieu of a better plan, the mayor said he’d like to return to the off street winter parking plan the city used for many years prior to last winter.

Permits (to park on lawns) would be reconsidered by the council as well.

Following a lengthy discussion, the committee forwarded a resolution to make the change to the full council for consideration.

However, since that section of the charter has to be amended after being changed last year to reflect “alternate street parking,” it will take a couple of weeks before it can be changed back to – “The mayor, at his discretion, may impose a winter parking ban commencing on or after December 1 and continuing through March 31. The mayor may suspend or remove the winter parking ban prior to March 31 at his discretion if winter conditions permit. During such time as the winter parking ban is imposed, the parking of any vehicle on all highways and streets shall be prohibited between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m.”

Physical Services Committee

Ellen Clark shows off a prototype of the hearts she'd like to display in the Port City next month.
Ellen Clark shows off a prototype of the hearts she’d like to display in the Port City next month.

The Engineer’s Office received a request from Richard H. Sivers, vice president of the Oswego County Historical Society, for use of public space two foot by three foot to install a new historic roadside marker identifying the location of the Richardson Theater between the sidewalk and property line, at the northwest corner of East First and Oneida streets.

The sign would read:

1895 Site 1945
Of Richardson Theater
One of NYS Largest Theaters
Built by Maxwell Richardson
Entrepeneur Philanthropist
William C. Pomeroy Foundation 2016

The society applied for a grant for the sign through the Pomeroy Foundation. In order for the grant to be considered the society needs to have permission from the city to erect the sign.

Richardson was a local lawyer and mayor.

The theater was one of the largest in the state outside of NYC, Sivers told the councilors.

It flourished as a playhouse until it was demolished in 1945.

All the great actors of the period played there and it stood as a cultural landmark in Oswego for the duration of its existence, Sivers said.

In 2016, the Oswego County Historical Society will mount an exhibit at the Richardson-Bates House Museum on the theater. The Oswego Players will produce the play “Way Down East,” which was written by an Oswegonian and played at the Richardson Theater several times.

The Engineer’s Office received a request from Elizabeth McGrath, owner of a single-family dwelling at 16 W. Fifth St., located in the First Ward, for use of public space eight foot by 21.33 foot for a new covered porch between the sidewalk and right-of-way, fronting West Fifth Street.

Ellen Clark requested use of the Bridge Street Bridge to place 10 hearts, 5 ½ feet tall, illuminated, animated and energy-efficient, on the poles where the snowflakes are currently.

The display would be up for the month of February.

She would like Oswego to become the Valentine’s Day destination of Central New York.

“Oswego as the Valentine’s Day destination of Central New York. A dream? Maybe, but you (councilors) can help make it a reality,” she said.

As a local small business owner, she said she is part of a plan for Oswego showcasing itself as a festive, inviting and romantic place to be for Valentine’s Day, she said.

Numerous partnerships between local people, businesses and organizations are being formed to make this plan available, she added.

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

Administrative Services Committee

The Engineer’s Department requested approval of Change Order No. EC-1 for the general construction contract with Rombough Electric for the Charles E. Riley Booster Pump Station in the amount of $20,415.42.

Funding is available through Project P-1656.

Brian Chetney, Youth Bureau director, requested approval for the mayor to sign an agreement between the city of Oswego and county of Oswego to reimburse the city for time spent by the city typist on the AmeriCorps grant program.

Justin Rudgick, community development director, requested the Common Council authorize the mayor to accept an environmental risk management services agreement by Synapse Property Resources in the amount of $3,500 to provide services relative to 68 W. First St. (Flexowire site).

The site was identified as needing additional environmental remediation work and there are additional funding opportunities through the Environmental Resources Protection fund by the state DEC, Rudgick explained.

He also requested the Common Council authorize the mayor to accept a proposal for services in the amount of $12,500 by SWBR Architects to support the office’s efforts in program management, market assessment, landscape architecture, architecture and site feasibility in creating a marketable concept for a re-envisioned marina area.

The Community Development Office was successful in getting $1.5 million reinstated from Empire State Development toward the Oswego Harbor Revitalization project.

The Oswego Marina area redevelopment concept will be one component of the overall Waterfront Feasibility Study that was recently awarded funding, he said.

The purpose of the proposal is to create a rendering of the potential redevelopment opportunity with a vision to be able to attract potential investors and developers to look at investing in enhancing the city-owned marina and creating business and residential opportunities along the waterfront area, Rudgick said.

This could leverage additional private sector investment in recreation, entertainment, tourism preservation, education, commercial and residential development, he added.

The committee gave the requests a favorable recommendation.