Port City, SEIU Agree On New Pact

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting this week, the Common Council authorized the mayor to enter into a one-year agreement with SEIU Local 200-United.

The previous contract had expired Dec. 31, 2009.

According to the resolution, the new deal has a zero percent wage adjustment.

Brookfield Renewable Power made a $10,000 donation to the city.

The chamberlain was authorized to accept the donation to purchase equipment for the city’s dive-rescue team.

Councilors also approved a request by Paul E. Austin, structural designer for Brookfield Renewable Power, for use of public space to install a parking pad and curb at the Varick Street hydrostation.

A request by Tony Leotta, city engineer, to designate the council as lead agency for the combined sewer overflow – separation project, EFC No. C7-6344-19-02, which is part of the westside sanitary sewer system consent decree, was also approved.

The council scheduled two public hearings.

Mary Vanouse, community development director, requested a public hearing on the 2020 Vision Comprehensive Plan Revision document for Jan. 24 to receive comments and feedback in regard to the adoption of the City of Oswego 2020 Strategic Plan.

Councilors received the draft of the plan at the Dec. 6 Planning and Development Committee meeting. An open meeting was held Dec. 13 to present the plan to the public and begin the 30-day review period.

The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24, prior to the council meeting.

Barb Sugar, city clerk, requested authorization to schedule a public hearing on Jan. 24 regarding Proposed Local Law #1 regarding Chapter 63, Animals.

Last year, the state changed Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law regarding the licensing of dogs in the state.

As of Jan. 1, licensing of dogs is a local function and as such, the city needs to revise Chapter 63, Animals, to conform to the new state regulations, she explained.

The public hearing will be held at 7:10 p.m. on Jan. 24, prior to the council meeting.

The mayor was authorized to enter into an agreement with the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for the year 2011.

According to the resolution, the city, “in consideration of the promises and covenants of the chamber,” agrees to pay for the specialized services and skills of the chamber for the operation of programs $23,500 for the fiscal year 2011.

The programs include the Independence Day Parade, Veterans’ Stage concerts, Pumpkin Fest, Taste of Oswego, Project Bloom, and the Oswego Farmers’ Market.

The mayor was also authorized to execute a boundary line agreement with Garrette and Rebecca Weiss.

The city owns property contiguous to and northerly of the Weiss’ property.

Structures on the Weiss’ property encroach over the boundary line, creating a title problem for both properties.

This agreement will clear up the title for both properties.

The city attorney was authorized to prepare all documents necessary for the conveyance of a 12’ by 12’ parcel of land to G&S Broadwell Inc.

According to Shane Broadwell, the land, fronting on East First Street, is needed in order to install a transformer pad and associated equipment to service the new G&S Broadwell Conference Center.

Councilors also approved a landfill request from George Broadwell in relation to the project.

The permit will expire on Dec. 15, 2011.

Mike Dehm, police chief, was granted permission to submit an application for the 2010-2011 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

This grant is strictly for equipment that supports crime reduction efforts within a locality, he explained.

According to the grant guidelines, the city can make an application for one marked police vehicle valued up to $25,000.

If Oswego is awarded the grant, there is no local matching requirement, Dehm pointed out.

All grant applications are due no later than noon on Jan. 26, he added.

The community development director was authorized to seek Urban Forestry grants that may double the impact of the city’s budget for trees and parks in the coming year by making a proposal for a 50 percent matching grant.