Oswego To See Savings In Some Projects

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting this week, the Common Council authorized the mayor to sign several documents that will save the city thousands of dollars.

The mayor was authorized to sign:

Change Order No. 5 with Patricia Electric for project modifications to the West Side EFMF and Pump Station Upgrade Project in the amount of $11,447.32 for the money that was not required under the allowance. It decreases the total contract amount from $995,900 to $984,452.68.

Change Order No. 19 with Blue Heron Construction Company for project modifications to the West Side Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project in the amount of $34,735. It decreases the total contract amount from $8,400,234.73 to $8,365,499.73.

To terminate the ambulance fee contract with Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Jeffrey McCrobie, fire chief, requested the ambulance billing contract be terminated. Since 2000, the city of Oswego and Excellue BC/BS have had an agreement wherein the city charges a reduced fee for transport in return for a reduction in paperwork and collection costs associated with Excellus BC/BS patients, he explained. Central New York ambulance services that aren’t using these assessments are billing ab average of $961 per transport, the chief said. The city of Oswego bills $384 per transport, he added. Having transported 116 Excellus BC/BS patients in 2014, cancellation of these agreements would increase ambulance billables as per the following:  $577 additional per transport times 116 Excellus BC/BS transports equals $66,932 At an approximate 70 percent collection rate – $66,932 times 70 percent equals $46,852 additional collectible revenue.

The council also approved some requests for use of public space:

Thomas Dunsmoor, owner of property at 33 E. Schuyler St., in order to install additional parking

Irene Blake, owner of property at 57 E. 10 ½ St., in order to install a ramp

St. Mary’s Church, in order to place advertising signs.

They also approved use of:

Oswego Riverwalk West area for the Springboard Mural Project

Franklin Square Park for the Big Latch On Event. The breastfeeding Coalition of Oswego County will use Franklin Square Park on August 1, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., for its event. They plan on having no more than 10 vendors.

A city park for Oktoberfest to be held on September 19.

Veterans’ Park for an outdoor festival requested by Gary L. Smith Jr., president of the Oswego Pride Committee. They will host the second annual Oswego Gay Pride Parade and Outdoor Festival on September 13. The parade will start at Breitbeck Park at 11 a.m., proceed down Lake Street and end at West Linear Park. The festival will start at approximately noon and conclude by 4:30 p.m. It will be “family-friendly,” Smith said.

City properties for the Oswego Bookmobile 2015 Summer Program to provide “Every Hero Has a Story” in various parks throughout the city beginning July 6 and ending August 21. And, use of East Park on Movies in the Park nights on June 24, July 15 and August 19.

Crisafulli Rink from July through September by the Oswego Lacrosse League for its box lacrosse program.

Crisafulli Rink for Josh Jeanneret, owner of Squared Circle Wrestling, to hold a professional wrestling event on July 19.

Two donations of a park bench were accepted. One by William DeLapp in honor of his mother, Margaret DeLapp, to be placed in Breitbeck Park. The other by the Oswego County Federal Credit Union in honor of J. Michael Parker to be placed in Washington Square Park (East Park).

The council also OK’d a request for a renewal Junkyard License from Phillip Gordon and Sons, Inc., 89 E. Twelfth St. The license fee of $100 is on deposit in Clerk’s Office.

Councilors accepted the bid of $19,400 by Bronze Contracting for the demolition of 59 Liberty St. It was the lowest of three bids submitted.