Oswego Council Moves Ahead With Plans For Summer Events

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting this week, the Common Council approved plans for various summer events.

Beth Hilton, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce dominated the agenda.

She requested a parade permit for the 2012 Independence Day Parade, closure of Bridge Street, waiving of the hawking and peddling ordinance and use of the city bandstand on July 1.

She also requested use of the bandstand for the 2012 Fulton Jazz Fest on Aug. 10 and 11for a fee of $500.

Hilton requested use of East Park on Sept. 29 and 30 for the annual Great Pumpkin Fest.

And, she requested use of public space, the city bandstand and street closure for the 2012 edition of the Oswego Farmers’ Market from May 24 to Oct. 11.

Finally, she requested use of the Veterans’ Memorial Park at RiverWalk West as a venue for the Summer Concert Series. It will be held June 19, July 17 and Aug. 21 from 7-9 p.m. each day.

Councilors OK’d each request.

Community Development Director Mary Vanouse’s request that the mayor be authorized to sign all documents necessary to apply for and exercise contracts for USDA Intermediary Relending Program was also approved.

The council also approved the amended model plan for the city’s Deferred Compensation Plan. And, the mayor was authorized to sign all documents necessary for the adoption of the plan.

Councilors approved the city’s membership in ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability – a nonprofit membership organization of local governments committed to sustainability, energy conservation and climate protection.

The city will undertake five “milestones” for sustainability “to meet current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs,” according to the resolution.

The milestones include: conduct a sustainability assessment; adopt sustainability goals; develop a sustainability plan with both existing and future actions, which, when implemented, will meet the sustainability goals; implement the policies and measures in the plan; and monitor and verify progress.

The purchasing agent was authorized to seek bids for the Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project C7-6344-17-00 in accordance with the plans and specifications prepared by C&S Consulting Engineers.

The work is part of the consent decree. The plans have been approved by the US EPA and state DEC.

Councilors also OK’d Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie’s two requests for travel.

The first is to send one captain to the fire arson investigation course to be held at the NYS Academy of Fire Science at Montour Falls from Feb. 27 to March 9.

The second is to send four recruits to the Utica Fire Academy for the spring 2012 recruit training program, which will start on March 19.

The council also approved a change order (($2,478.60) for Crawford and Sterns for rehabilitation of the McCrobie Civic Center.

The total cost is available in the Community Development Block Grant funding.