OSWEGO, NY – It’s the middle of December, but the Common Council’s agenda looks a lot like summer.
At its meeting Monday night, the council will consider several warm weather requests.
Beth Hilton, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, has requested authorization from the Common Council for the mayor to sign the agreement with the chamber for the proposed 2012 agreement with the city of Oswego.
The chamber will, according to the pact, facilitate the operation of the Independence Day Parade ($12,375), Veterans’ Stage concerts ($3,000), Pumpkin Fest ($2,750), Project Bloom ($3,000) and the Oswego Farmers’ Market ($2,375).
The city, in turn, will pay $23,500 for these specialized services and skills of the chamber for fiscal year 2012.
“There is no change in the total funding amount. But because ‘Taste of Oswego’ is no longer a viable event; it will become restaurant week where in effect instead of bringing the restaurants to the people, we will be bringing people to the restaurants, those funds are reallocated to the Independence Day Celebration,” Hilton explained.
The price of the fireworks will be more this summer, she added.
“Additionally, it is getting more and more difficult to get bands in, they all want to be paid, especially with rising gas prices,” she said. “So we are reallocating some funds there. Additionally, we do like the idea of the concert in the park during the fireworks. We tried it at the fort last year; not necessarily the most successful, so we will be moving it back to Breitbeck Park.”
They will use the City Band. Previously they had the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. It was paid with the help of funding from Assemblyman Will Barclay’s office.
“That has been cut from the state budget. So that’s no longer an issue, even if the SSO was still in existence,” she noted. “The City Band is much more manageable as far as cost goes.”
In the past they have had sponsorships and done some fundraising to help with the costs associated with the events.
“The parade is becoming a very costly event to produce,” she told the committee.
The council will also consider approving use of various city properties for Oswego Harbor Festivals for Harborfest 2012. The fest is scheduled for July 26-29.
They will also consider authorizing the mayor to sign a five-year lease agreement with the County of Oswego with regard to the Legends Softball Complex; and then an agreement between the Young Men’s Christian Association of Oswego and the city of Oswego to operate and maintain the softball complex for a period of five years running Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2016.