Oswego Council OKs Hiring A Consultant

OSWEGO, NY – At its June 22 meeting, the Common Council tabled a resolution to hire a consultant to help the city compete for state funds.

Monday night (July 13), councilors removed the resolution from the table and then voted 6-1 to authorize the mayor to sign a proposal to hire Connecticut Planning and Development.

The cost will be $20,000 and will be paid out of the 2015 Planning Budget (Fees for service – non-employee – consulting account).

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a regional competition for seven upstate regions to contend for three $500 million prizes.

The main objective of the funding is to generate jobs, positively impact multiple economic indicators and provide a catalyst for transformative economic growth in the awarded regions.

The Port City and local stakeholders have been engaged in the process to assist in the formation of the application with the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council.

Seventh Ward Councilor Ron Kaplewicz noted in June that $20,000 was a lot to spend on a consultant. He suggested the application could be done in-house.

He was the lone nay vote Monday night.

However, Council President Eric VanBuren (Sixth Ward) felt that a fresh set of eyes was needed.

The department heads in Planning and Zoning are relatively new and he didn’t was to “spread them too thin” with the deadline for the application fast approaching.

Connecticut Planning and Development “will provide professional service in order to prepare a competitive and data-driven strategic plan to submit to CNY REDC,” he said.

Fees for the contract will be billed at the completion of the agreement.

The pact is effective June 17 to Sept. 1, 2015.