Oswego Moves Ahead With Marketing Project

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting this week, the Common Council approved the marketing proposal initiative to promote the city of Oswego submitted by Oswego’s Promotion and Tourism Advisory Board.

Board members will set up an event during Harborfest later this month. They will distribute promotional materials to encourage visitors to return to Oswego.

They will also distribute “table tents” (small placards) to area restaurants to further promote future events in the Port City.

Funding for this project will come out of the Tourism Budget.

“All seems to be going well. I met with Mayor (Billy) Barlow on Thursday and with County Tourism on Friday,” Ellen B. Clark, board chair, told Oswego County Today. “This weekend I am working on the layout for the table tents and getting an email together to send to some key promotion and tourism folks seeking help on staffing the booth with me for the weekend.”

In other business, the council approved the use of:

•    Franklin Square Park by the Oswego Colony of the Theta Chi Fraternity in order to host a fundraising event on October 1 with a raindate of October 8. The event will bring together organizations in an effort to raise money for the United Service Organizations. Activities to be held are a tug of war, pushup contest, obstacle course, relay races, pie a Theta Chi and an endurance test.

•    Breitbeck Park by the Oswego YMCA for fitness classes, Tuesdays from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. through August 30 in order to host “Stroller Strong.”

•    Veterans’ Park for an outdoor festival to be held September 11. The Gay Pride Committee will host its third annual Oswego Gay Pride Parade and outdoor festival on September. A family friendly drag show/theatrical production will take place at the stage. Also, there will be a variety of food and craft vendors and activities for children.

Councilors accepted a monetary donation from:

•    Wal-Mart for use by the Youth Bureau.

•    the Oswego Lions Club for use by the Youth Bureau.

The execution and installation of the Springboard Mural Project at the Fort Tunnel (East Seventh Street) was OK’d.

The proposed artwork is available for review in the Mayor’s Office.

Councilors approved establishing the standard work day for certain positions within the city workforce for New York State and Local Retirement System reporting purposes.

And they OK’d the standard work days for appointed and elected officials for reporting to the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System.

A new fee schedule for ice and paddleboat and kayak rentals at Wright’s Landing Marina was approved.

The city changed the fee structure for paddleboat and kayak rental at Wright’s Landing Marina to be in full hour increments and change the fee to $8 per hour. They also changed the charge for bags of ice at the marina to $1.75 per bag and the charge for blocks of ice to $2.25 per block to help cover labor costs in handling the products.

The council authorized properties located at 151 E. Second St., 147 ½ W. Bridge St. and 2660 and 2664 Johnson Road to be listed with Fitzgibbons Real Estate and sold at fair market value.

The mayor was authorized to enter into an agreement with Barton and Loguidice, D.P.C., for the design of the emergency slope stabilization highway reconstruction of Route 48 project in the amount of $194,000.

This project is eligible for funding; 80 percent of the money will be federal funds and 15 percent will come from the state. That leaves the city responsible for the remaining 5 percent.

He was also authorized to enter into an amended lease agreement with Oswego County Opportunities for the maintenance of the Head Start Building No. 31 at Fort Ontario.

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