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Port City to Re-examine its Water/Sewer Billing Database

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Administrative Services Committee recommended Deborah Coad, city chamberlain, review and update the city’s Water/Sewer Billing Database.

“The city’s billing database for water and sewer users is in need of review. It’s been in place since 2003,” she said. “And, in our short review we realized that it really needs some technical expertise and modifications.”

They had someone come in from the outside last week and give them “a courtesy review,” Coad said.

“We do need some adjustments as to how this system is operating,” she told the committee. “There is a lot that’s happened to the database since 2003 and we want to make sure we get it accurate going forward.”

She asked the councilors to authorize up to $5,000 for the Chamberlain’s Office to use on the review and the creation of a standard operation procedures manual.

The committee sent the request to the full council to authorize Coad to make the necessary updates to bring all information current and bring all users to the correct status.

The committee also gave a favorable recommendation to two change orders.

Tony Leotta, city engineer, requested authorization for Change Order No. 3 for the construction contract with C.O. Falter Construction Corporation for the Excess Flow Management Facility Disinfection, in the amount of $4,810.05.

“The increase is due to needed air monitoring services to ensure employees’ health and safety due to unforeseen contaminants in the exposed groundwater,” the city engineer explained. “It was determined after the project had been approved. The DEC required the air monitoring.”

Leotta also requested authorization for Change Order No. 1 for the contract with J&A Mechanical Contractors, for the Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, in the amount $11,203.60.

There are three ventilators on the roof; one on the lower roof and two on the higher roof, Leotta said.

The exhaust fan on the low roof wasn’t salvageable, according to the contractor.

One of the two fans on the higher roof was “blocked off” and was previously removed and the roof penetration was boarded up and the second exhaust fan on that building was in disrepair and unsalvageable, Leotta added.

“So the decision was made that all three of them had to be replaced,” he told the committee.

“We definitely need them for the ventilation, right?” asked Councilor Mike Myers.

“That’s correct,” the city engineer replied.

Mike Smith, DPW commissioner, requested authorization for the purchasing agent to seek bids to purchase an electric ice resurfacing machine, for use at the Crisafulli Ice Rink.

“We are in desperate need of a new ice resurfacer. The one that we would be replacing is over 20 years old,” Smith said. “It runs on gasoline.”

The new machine would improve the quality of the environment, he added.

“We are trying to take advantage of the solar panels at the Crisafulli Rink now,” he said.

The city is also eligible for a $30,000 direct reimbursement on the purchase, he pointed out.

Funding is available in the ice rink reserve account, the commissioner said.