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Oswego Hires Firm To Facilitate Zoning Code Update

Members of the council gather before Tuesday's meeting to discuss special event applications. The matter will be discussed further at the committee level and then the full council.

Members of the council gather before Tuesday's meeting to discuss special event applications. The matter will be discussed further at the committee level and then the full council.

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Tuesday night, the Common Council authorized the mayor to sign all documents necessary to accept the proposal submitted by Wladis Law Firm for revisions to the Zoning Ordinance and further authorized the transfer of funds for same.

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Members of the council gather before Tuesday’s meeting to discuss special event applications. The matter will be discussed further at the committee level and then the full council.

The cost will be around $105,000 to facilitate the first significant update to the ordinance since 1980, the mayor told the councilors.

Each councilor has probably received calls from someone complaining about bureaucracy and redundancy in the city’s current system, due to an antiquated building code, Mayor Billy Barlow said.

The updated system will streamline things for everyone, the mayor said.

By bringing more new business and more jobs into the Port City it will mean more revenue, which will result in the need to burden the taxpayers, he added.

With the new code in place, developers will know what they can and cannot do, the mayor pointed out.

Wladis has said the firm can prepare the update for council consideration by November.

“When we constructed the 2017 budget, we set aside $60,000 for zoning code rewriting,” the mayor said. “This proposal came back at $105,000.”

The council authorized the City Chamberlain to make a budget amendment to cover the difference.

The updates would be effective this year.

Among the other action Tuesday:

The council approved

•    Use of city properties for Harborfest to be held July 27-30.

•    Use of public space for Mr. and Mrs. Robert McGrath, proprietors of the Clubhouse Tavern and Spencer’s Ali, at 124 – 126 W. Second St., in order to host the annual United Way breakfast to be held on July 29.

•    Use of Breitbeck Park for a wedding to be held on
August 12.

•    Use of Breitbeck Park for a wedding to be held on
September 16.

The mayor was authorized to

•    Sign all documents necessary to accept the proposal submitted by GEI Consultants for the safety inspection at the High Dam Hydroelectric Facility.

•    Sign Amendment No. 7 with GHD Consulting Engineers to prepare quarterly reports required by the Consent Decree.

•    Enter into a renewal lease agreement with Wayne Drugs for property located at 24-26 W. Cayuga St.