Oswego Opts To Market Great Lakes Veneer Site

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Tuesday night, the Common Council approved amendments to the City of Oswego Foreclosed Property Disposition Procedure Policy.

The council voted to bring back Resolution #420-B dated Sept. 22, 2014, onto the floor for council reconsideration. That resolution had authorized the mayor to execute an agreement of purchase and sale of 375 Mitchell St., formerly owned by Great Lakes Veneer, to Jeff Holbrook for $490,000.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, councilors resolved not to sell the property to Holbrook.

Instead, in accordance with the city’s updated Foreclosed Property Disposition Procedure Policy, “the property shall be appraised by a qualified appraiser of commercial property and shall be listed with the Fitzgibbons Real Estate for sale for its fair market value pursuant to the policy and procedures of the city of Oswego for foreclosed property disposition.”

The mayor was authorized to execute all necessary documents for listing the property for sale. The final acceptance of any purchase offer shall be made by the Common Council.

In other action, the council:

Approved use of public space for:

– Trinity United Methodist Church, in order to place advertising signs for upcoming events. The placement sites will be West First and Utica streets (northeast corner), East Fourth and Bridge streets (southwest corner) and East Fourth and Utica streets (church site).

– Residents of the First Ward, in order to plant seven flowerbeds. The residents are participating in a neighborhood pride grant for the Oswego Renaissance Association. The flower beds will be located at the intersection of West Fourth and Schuyler streets; the intersection of West Fourth and Seneca streets; between the sidewalk and curb at 53 W. Seneca St.; and between the sidewalk and curb at 58-60 W. Schuyler St.

Residents who will be caring for and maintaining the flower beds include: Tanya Miller, Dianne Restuccio, Dan Allen and Joan Kolp, Patti Domicolo, Phil and June MacArthur, and Steve Phillips.

The council accepted the donation of park benches to be placed in Breitbeck Park in memory of Anthony Sulfaro and Teresa Reedy.

And they accepted the donation of a new park sign and other amenities from the Oswego Renaissance Association to be placed in Kingsford Park.

The mayor was authorized to:

– sign change order No. 3 with W.D. Malone Trucking and Excavating for project modifications to the Combined Sewer Rehabilitation – First 25% Project in the amount of $0 dollars for repairing defective pipe and associated lateral connection on West Third Street.

– enter into a renewal agreement with Hunt Underwater Specialties for maintenance services at the water intake structure and tunnel.

– execute all documents necessary to effectuate the sale of property located at 150 W. Schuyler St. Lee Walker has offered to purchase the property (formerly owned by Trinidad Sanchez) for $5,000.

– execute the Court Security Contract Agreement with the New York State Unified, Fifth Judicial District, wherein reimbursement is made to the Oswego Police Department for costs associated with providing OPD security at the Oswego City Court for the period of April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2019.

The city chamberlain was authorized to complete a service agreement with Moody’s Investor Services with regard to the bond issue.

The fire chief was authorized to hire Peter A. Aiello as a temporary building and codes consultant to teach a certified codes technician course to various personnel from the city of Oswego and other municipalities. The total cost for training is $5,149.89.

Councilors also approved:

– expenditure of funds not to exceed $8,000 from the Ice Rink Capital Reserve Fund for expenses related to the operation of the Crisafulli and Cullinan rinks for the 2014-15 season.

– transfer of $1,600 from the Contingent Account to the Police Department to cover cost relating to code enforcement.

– transfer of funds from within the Fire Department. The fire chief requested permission to do an intra-departmental transfer of $2,600 from Account #A3410.0460 (Training Account) to Account #A.3410.0410 (Materials and Supplies) and $1,500 from Account A.3410.460 (Training Account) to Account #A.3410.0200 (New Equipment). The transfers would cover 150 new stainless steel hydrant markers and the purchase of a new thermal imaging camera.

A request from the fire chief to send two personnel to the Fire Marshals and Inspectors Annual Seminar to be held October 21-24 in Montour Falls was OK’d.

The council also approved attendance at the Train the Trainer Course to be held December 10-11 in Clinton, NY. Gary Hallinan, wastewater superintendent, requested approval for Phil Fazio (maintenance supervisor), Joseph Tullo (senior operator) and Matthew Hallinan (operator) to travel to Clinton for the purpose of acquiring required annual contact hours of training towards Operator Recertification.

Councilors approved two solid waste licenses for the year 2014; for JWJ Industries, 305 E. Seneca St., Oswego ($500 major hauler), and Doty Construction, 135 Howard Road, Fulton, ($50 – minor hauler).

Steven Canale, owner of The Press Box, 29 E. First St., was granted a variance of the Noise Ordinance for events to be held on November 1 and 15. They will be hosting a fundraiser for the Humane Society from 7 – 11 p.m. both dates and there will be live entertainment.


  1. Oswego is something else! Somebody wanted that place and then they pull this! Maybe when it sits there empty for a few more years they will learn.

  2. They turned down the building being sold and being on the tax roles…

    Mike it will end up falling apart and then they will have to tear it down at the tax payers expense

    Think it is time we seriously think about our vote in November it is time for these clowns to go

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