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September 22, 2018

Oswego Council Honors Firefighter, Teacher


OSWEGO – The Common Council recognized two outstanding members of the community at Monday night’s meeting.

Mayor Billy Barlow recognizes Nicholas J. Little for receiving the 2018 Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award from New York State.

Mayor Billy Barlow recognizes Nicholas J. Little for receiving the 2018 Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award from New York State.

Firefighter Sean O’Gorman, who was recently cited by New York Senator Patty Ritchie for saving the lives of two distressed teen-age swimmers, received the first “Mayor’s Award” from Mayor Billy Barlow.

Also recognized was Nicholas J. Little, a teacher at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School in Oswego for receiving the 2018 Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award from New York State. It was the only award in Oswego County.

Firefighter Sean O’Gorman receives the Mayor's Award for his heroic life-saving action last month.

Firefighter Sean O’Gorman receives the Mayor’s Award for his heroic life-saving action last month.

Following the awards presentation, the council sailed through the regular agenda.

The Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club was approved use of public space at Leotta Park in order to construct a pavilion, place four picnic tables and do landscaping in the area.

They also approved:

• Use of Breitbeck Park for a break-a-thon fundraiser, to benefit the Oswego Bookmobile, to be held May 19.

• Use of Breitbeck Park by the Oswego Alumni Association, SUNY Oswego, to hold an alumni event on June 9.

• Road closures for the 5th annual Kingsford Park Elementary School Triathlon to be held June 9.

Councilors accepted the donation of a park bench in memory of Constance Schrader.

The mayor was authorized to enter into an agreement with Endeavor Entertainment in order to rent entertainment equipment for use at the annual Christmas tree lighting event

Two bids were approved – the bid submitted by National Water Main Cleaning Company for the Combined Sewer Investigations for the Third and Fourth 25% Project. The low bid was $266,320; and, the bid submitted by Diversified Infrastructure Services, Inc. for the Sewer Investigations for Area 3 Project. The low bid was $209,765.

A bond resolution for $5,585,000 was OK’d to pay the costs for reconstruction/construction of improvements to the Eastside Wastewater Treatment Plant.

A budget amendment was approved in order to purchase new dockage at the International Marina.

The transfer of funds ($98,600) from snow removal account to various garage accounts at the Department of Public Works, the transfer of funds ($12,000) from within the Fire Department, and the transfer of funds ($3,000) from the General Fund Contingent Account to the Tourism Account for Project Bloom were approved

Fire Chief Randy Griffin’s request to attend the Fire Expo 2018 to be held May 19-20 in Harrisburg, Pa., was approved.

The councilors then waived the rules of the Common Council to present three resolutions from the floor without committee consideration.

The mayor was authorized to accept a proposal from Sanford and Burtis Fire Equipment ($1,918.30) to upgrade the Ansul System in the concession building at Legends Field. The expenditure will come from the Softball Reserve Account. And, the mayor was also authorized to accept a proposal ($1,175) for the installation of the system by Scriba Electric.

Authorize the mayor to enter into a five-year agreement with AFSCME Local 1785, effective January 1, 2017. The last contract expired on Dec. 31, 2016.

The new deal provides for wage adjustments:

Effective 1/1/2017 – no adjustment
Effective 1/1/2018 – a 3.5% wage adjustment
Effective 1/1/2019 – a 3.5% wage adjustment
Effective 1/1/2020 – no adjustment
Effective 1/1/2021 – a 3% wage adjustment

The council approved a motion to move into executive session to discuss the medical, financial, credit, or employment history of a particular person or corporation or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation.

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