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September 23, 2018

Oswego Moves Ahead With Plan To Aid Development


OSWEGO, NY – The Common Council approved the purchase of an existing sanitary force main on Byer Road and further approved transfer of funds from the Contingent Account to the Department of Public Works to pay for same.

The existing sanitary force main in public space on Byer Road which services property at 20 Byer Road is owned by Edward Gustafson. He contacted the Mayor’s Office and verbally agreed to sell the existing sanitary force main to the city for not more than $4,000.

It is in the best interest of the city to own and maintain the existing force main so that it can be extended to other properties for other users, according to Tony Leotta, acting city engineer.

The city proposes to extend the force main for development of a new single-family home on the Kenefic property at 30 Byer Road. Material cost for the extension will be about $5,793.70. The extension would be installed by the DPW.

Leotta requested $10,000 be transfered from the General Contingent account to the DPW’s Equipment account ($4,000 for purchase) and the remaining $6,000 into the DPW’s Materials and Supplies account for purchase of materials.

City officials said the cost will be recovered in a few years from fees and taxes on the new home as well as from any future development in the area.

Also this week, councilors also approved use of public space for:

– Gregory Cole, owner of property at 70 E. Oneida St., in order to install a nineteen foot by twenty-eight foot for a three-car paved parking area between the sidewalk and property line fronting East Sixth Street.

– Theodore Jerrett, owner of property at 230 W. Eighth St., in order to install a fence.

– Trinity United Methodist Church, in order to place advertising signs for its NU-2-U Sale to be held October 4.

– Journey of Faith United Methodist Church, in order to host the 28th annual CROP Walk to be held on October 19. Participants will walk on the sidewalks around the bridge blocks four times. Pastor Skiles requested permission to place tables and chairs on each corner for those that might need to take a break and to offer water.

– Approved a request by April Tuttle for use of public space at Breitbeck Park for a wedding reception on October 18 from 2 – 6 p.m. Ms. Tuttle would like to set up a 40 x 60 tent with sides and French windows near the bell area. She also requested permission to have a DJ, a dance floor inside the tent, possibly a photo booth and have alcohol.

– Jim Bell, owner of 155 W. Fifth St., zoned R3, Residential, to install a 10’ x 2’ building sign.

The city accepted the donation of playground equipment and other amenities that amount to $40,000 from the Oswego Renaissance Association through a grant provided by the Novelis Corporation. Temporary signs will be up from Oct. 1 to 24. Permanent signs will be erected on or about Oct. 25. All of the signs will acknowledge Novelis for its contribution.

The mayor was authorized to sign Change Order No. 3 in the amount of $0 with Joseph J. Lane Construction for project modifications to the Combined Sewer Separation Project.

Councilors OK’d the $19,830.08 bid submitted by Mason Company for the repair and replacement of kennels at the Oswego Animal Shelter. The funds are available in the Animal Control Budget.

Authorized the city chamberlain to complete amendments to the 2014 Budget.

Approved change order for Municity5 Software and further approved transfer of funds from the Contingent Account to the City Assessor’s Office to pay for it.

Approved two transfers of funds:

– in the amount of $14,026 from Account No. G.8130.0200 (Equipment) into Account No. G.8130.0440 (Contracted Services), for insufficient funds to cover sludge disposal and $10,000 from Account No. G.8130.0200 (Equipment) into Account No. G.8130/0410 (Materials & Supplies), for insufficient funds to cover chemicals at the Eastside Wastewater Treatment Plant.

– in the amount of $23,315 from Account No. G.8140.0200 (Equipment) into Account No. G.8140.0440 (Contracted Services), $2,100 from Account No. G.8140.0450 (Physicals) into Account No. G.8140.0440 (Contracted Services), $5,000 from Account No. G8140.0460 (Miscellaneous) into Account No. G.8140.0410 (Materials & Supplies) and $352 from Account No. G.8140.0480 (Clothing & Boots) into Account No. G.8140.0440 (Contracted Services), for insufficient funds to cover chemicals and parts as well as sludge disposal at the Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Authorized the mayor to execute a lease agreement with Oswego County Opportunities for Building No. 31 at Fort Ontario.

The council also authorized the mayor to execute an agreement of purchase and sale of 375 Mitchell St., previously owned by Great Lakes Veneer, to Jeff Holbrook for $490,000.

And, he was authorized to submit a purchase offer for properties known as 3, 4 and 5 Governor St., owned by James and Roberta Barbera and are the subject of a land contract to Aaron Cass.

The mayor will make a $100 deposit upon submission of the purchase offer. Then, if the offer is accepted and all contingencies (all trailers – mobile homes shall be removed from the property) have been met, he is authorized to complete the purchace of the properties, which are located near the city’s water treatment plant, and pay the remaining $31,900.

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