OSWEGO, NY – Three residents raised a bone of contention at Monday’s meeting of the Common Council regarding a proposed city dog park.
The council was considering establishing a dog park at the Crisafulli baseball diamond area of Breitbeck Park for a one-year term.
However, Martha Czirr and Julie and Jerry Losurdo who live across the street from the site raised several questions, including whether the city leased the property solely for “youth sports.”
Czirr said she wasn’t in favor of a dog park. It would be a hazard to the children in the playground at nearby Breitbeck Park, she added.
Julie Losurdo wondered who would clean up after the canines.
Her husband said he believes the VFW had given the city permission to use the Crisafulli Park for $1 for 100 years – “to be used for youth sports.”
“If they put a dog park there, then they go against the agreement,” he said.
“When you have a dog park, people that use the park, almost 99 percent of the time, are responsible enough to pick up after their pets,” Councilor Connie Cosemento said.
However, to ensure the residents get all their questions answered, she moved to table the resolution. The rest of the council unanimously agreed (5-0-2, councilors Mike Myers and Cathy Santos were absent).
“The residents raised some questions and we will get them answers,” Council President Ron Kaplewicz said. “It won’t hurt to put this off for two weeks.”
In other action Monday night:
The council approved various requests to use public space.
Betty Gray, tenant of a two-family dwelling owned by Tom Kells at 89 E. Cayuga St. wants permission to install a handicap ramp between the sidewalk and the front porch, fronting on East Cayuga Street.
Fran and Diane Enwright want to use Montcalm Park on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. fro the wedding of their son, David, to Jugju Lee. They also requested permission to erect a small tent in case of rain.
The OHS Chamber Singers want to use the McCrobie Civic Center to hold a fundraiser on Sept. 30 from 4 to 11 p.m.
Burt Milligan, owner of the Blue Plate Seafood restaurant, 42 W. Second St., wants to construct a new 27.5’ by 10’ open deck and stair as well as a new 25’ by 7’ handicap ramp between the sidewalks and property line contiguous to the building at the northwest corner of West Seneca and Schuyler streets.
This was approved by the council (Resolution No. 231 of 2011). But, it didn’t include the property owner’s name. It was under the operator’s name (Brian Girad).
Resolution 231 was rescinded and the new resolution (with the owner’s name) OK’d by the council.