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Oswego Moving Ahead With Consent Decree Project

OSWEGO, NY – At Monday night’s Administrative Services Committee meeting, Tony Leotta, city engineer, requested the mayor be authorized to sign Amendment No. 3 for professional engineering design services with GHD Consulting Engineers for preparation of plans and specifications for C7-6344-19-04, Area 1-Part 3.

The price tag is $58,500, which is less than what was programmed, he told the committee.

This project is for the West Tenth Street Basin Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation which is included in the Consent Decree and must be completed by November 1, 2014.

This is the last of the series of projects in the Consent Decree that require completion by November 1, 2014, according to the city engineer.

“Once this is completed, then hopefully, the city can renegotiate the Consent Decree,” Leotta said. “We’re hoping that this would be the last project. If we’re fortunate enough to renegotiate that Consent Decree (it would really help the city). We’re hopeful.”

The committee sent the request to the full council for consideration.

Gay Williams, city attorney, requested the mayor be authorized to sign the Arterial Maintenance Agreement Supplement No. 6.

This will amend the existing Arterial Maintenance Agreement to include the recently completed widening of Route 104 East from George Street to City Line Road.

It will also include the widening of Route 104 over the railroad which was completed in 2001 and the Lowe’s development widening which was completed in 2004.

“The Arterial Maintenance Agreement provides that the state will reimburse the city for maintenance of arterials that go through the city and that includes Route 104,” the city attorney explained. “And these expansions were (completed), but the agreement was never modified to reflect that in 2001 and 2004. So the recent expansion of Route 104, all of this, is included in the agreement.”

State law requires the city to have an agreement in order for the state to reimburse the city.

By this supplement the Department of Transportation’s payment to the city for maintenance of state arterial through the city will increase by $6,334.25 annually.

The city attorney has reviewed and approved the proposed Supplement No. 6.

Councilor Shawn Walker asked how the state provides reimbursement … by the number of miles?

“They do it by feet. If you’d like to see, it’s all itemized and mapped out in the agreement. I didn’t include it (in the councilors’ packets) because it’s like this thick,” Williams said holding her thumb and index finger several inches apart.

The committee gave the request a favorable recommendation.

They also approved three requests for travel.

  • Susan Deary, city assessor, requested approval for travel and to attend the 2013 New York State Assessors Association Seminar/Training on Assessment Administration to be held in Lake Placid, from October 1 through 4.
  • Caroline Anderson, animal control officer, requested authorization to attend a five-day NACA Level 3 course on September 16 to 20 in Albany (Rensselaer), at a cost not to exceed $950.
  • Tory DeCaire, police chief, requested authorization to send three officers to supervisory training held in Watertown, August 26 through September 16.