Oswego Council To Consider Further Tests At Former Flexo Site

OSWEGO, NY – Two Oswego Common Council committees sailed through abbreviated agendas Tuesday night.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has notified the city that the Phase II environmental testing and mitigation at the former Flexo Wire site, 68 W. First St., will require additional testing, according to Mary Vanouse, community development director.

The DEC has offered to pay 90 percent of the on-site testing, Vanouse told the Planning and Development Committee.

She requested approval for the remaining 10 percent ($12,950), which is the city’s responsibility.

Vapor testing off-site will also be required to follow up on test results that were recorded in 2010.

The site investigation identified an off-site groundwater plume of chlorinated solvents and an off-site chlorinated solvent vapor plume potentially impacting several offsite residential structures.

This has raised concerns tat additional testing must be done to identify the nature and extent of the contamination.

The DEC has offered to pay 100 percent of the off-site testing.

Vanouse also requested public hearings be scheduled for the FY 2011 New York Homes and Community Renewal Community Development Block Grant application.

The first public hearing would be held at 7:10 p.m. April 11 in the Council Chambers. The purpose would be to present CDBG performance, requirements and needs as well as to receive public input regarding the Small Cities CDBG funding.

The second public gearing would be slated for April 25, also at 7:10 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

The purpose would be to discuss the proposed 2011 CDBG application.

The committee sent both requests to the full council for consideration.

At the Administrative Services Committee, Jeff McCrobie, fire chief, requested, on behalf of the Oz Roller Girls, for EMT coverage from the city fire department for each of the group’s roller derby games.

“They requested just one person with a trauma bag standby for coverage in the event anything happens,” he explained. “It’s just one person; it won’t cost us anything.

The Oz Roller Girls are willing to reimburse the city the overtime rate plus the cost of Social Security and retirement for the personnel coverage, according to the chief.

McCrobie also requested authorization for the purchasing agent to request bids to purchase two refurbished Lifepak 12 defibrillators.

They would replace two out-dated Lifepak 10 defibrillators in ambulances, he explained.

“The Lifepak 10 are obsolete, we can’t get parts for them anymore,” he said. “We have to upgrade to the Lifepak 12 defibrillators.”

And, Mike Dehm, police chief, requested permission to send four officers to Rye Brook, NY, for a four-day police conference.

The committee gave a favorable recommendation to all three requests.

The next meeting of the Common Council will be on March 28.