OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Common Council got reorganized Friday afternoon.
In a brief session, councilors voted to appoint Dan Donovan (R-Fifth Ward) as the presiding officer of the council for 2010.
He also served in that capacity for 2008 as well as 2009.
The aldermen also approved Shawn Walker (R-Fourth Ward) as the council’s vice president. He was also the VP for 2009.
As council president, Donovan will assume the mayorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s duties in his absence; and, if he becomes incapacitated for any reason, he would take over as the acting mayor.
He thanked his fellow councilors for voting for him and welcomed Catherine Santos (Third Ward) and Ronald Kaplewicz (Seventh Ward) to the council.
“I look forward to working with you both,” he said.
“This was the easy part,” Kaplewicz said following the meeting. “After this, things get more complicated. It’s really an honor, a blessing and an honor. It’s a humbling experience, putting your hand on the Bible and raising your right hand.”
The new councilor said residents of the Seventh Ward can reach him at 216-4045. They can also email him at [email protected]
Santos said she is ready to get to work.
“I’m excited. I am ready to get down to business,” she said. “It’s been a very positive experience. I have had wonderful support from lots of people. I’m getting ready for another new adventure in my life, serving the people.”
Sue Sweet, the former councilor of the ward, said she will assist Santos in any way she can to ensure a smooth transition.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us. There are a lot of issues we need to deal with,” Walker said. “We have to be tight with our money.”
Also, the councilors voted to continue having council meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Unless it’s a legal holiday and would then be held the following day.
Fifteen minutes prior to each council meeting will be an opportunity for the public to speak.
Four banks were designated as the depositories for public money – HSBC Bank USA, JP Morgan Chase and Key Bank of New York, all in Oswego, and M&T Bank (EFC Funding) in Buffalo.
Acting City Chamberlain Deborah Coad was appointed the chief fiscal officer for the city.
The council also adopted regular office hours and made assignments for committees.
Office hours for the Mayor shall be 3-5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 3-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The following offices shall be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday: Assessor, Code Enforcement, City Chamberlain, City Clerk and Municipal Records, Community Development, City Engineer, MayorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Office, Personnel Department, Plumbing Inspector, Purchasing Office, Water Department, Zoning and Planning Office.
The following offices shall be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Fire ChiefÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Office, Police ChiefÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Office and the Traffic Office/Police Department.
The following office(s) shall be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Public Works Department (includes Parks, Recreation and Waterfront).
The following office shall be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Wastewater Treatment Plant West.
The Animal Control Office shall be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for staff only. It will be open to the public from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
The council also approved a tax anticipation note for the new year.
Administrative Services Committee
Dan Donovan, chair
Physical Services Committee
Connie Cosemento, chair
Planning and Development Committee
Mike Myers, chair
Human Services Committee
Shawn Walker, chair