Public Hearing Set On Block Grant Program

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting this week, the Common Council authorized a public hearing regarding the Community Development Block Grant Program.

The hearing will be at 7:10 p.m. July 27 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, West Oneida Street. The purpose is to discuss the city’s intent to apply for New York State Community Development Block Grant funds through the Regional Economic Development Council’s consolidated funding application.

Oswego intends to apply for the funding to address the city’s infrastructure needs – specifically the west side sanitary sewer system to mitigate and/or eliminate the overflow discharge at the west side Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The funding application is due by July 31.

The council approved use of public space:

• Joseph Gunther, owner of property located at 47 W. Schuyler St., in order to erect a porch

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

• Oswego Opera Theater, in order to place advertising signs

• Approved use of Breitbeck Park for a wedding rehearsal to be held August 21

And, they approved closing of Sheldon Beach during Harborfest (except for fireworks viewing).

The councilors OK’d a variance of the noise ordinance to Gerri Millar, event volunteer for the first Oswego Porchfest to be held September 20 from 1 until 6:30 p.m.

The Oswego Porchfest will bring local musicians/performers together to celebrate and create a sense of community, according to Millar. The event will be held in the Franklin Square Park and Montcalm Park historic neighborhood.

The 2015 assessment roll for the city of Oswego was confirmed.

A bid ($408,485) submitted by Barrett Paving Materials for the street milling and paving project was accepted. The city will need to advance funds and submit CHIPS reimbursement requests to the NYS Department of Transportation.

The $10,578 bid submitted by The New Tyrrell Group (DBA DT Auto2) for the sale of junk and abandoned vehicles was approved.

A request from Mike Smith, DPW commissioner, to purchase a STEPP hydraulic dump hot box from Stephenson Equipment of East Syracuse for use by the DPW in repairing city streets was OK’d.

The price is $36,678 and the delivery charge is $1,800. Funding will come from the CHIPS account.

Councilors approved a transfer of funds from the General Contingent Account (A.1990.460) to City Clerk’s Contracted Services Account (A.1410.0440) in order to pay for changes to the Code of the City of Oswego regarding Local Law No. 2 of 2015.

The local law dealing with the denial or revocation of permits was passed by the council on Jan. 26.

Caroline Anderson, animal control officer, was authorized to transfer $5,000 from the contingency fund to the Oswego Animal Control overtime fund to cover overtime costs accrued by the shelter aides.

Mayor Tom Gillen’s request to attend the 60th annual NYCOM Fall Training School to be held September 27 – October 2 in Lake Placid was approved.

And, a request by Gary Hallinan, Wastewater Superintendent, to attend the Advanced Operator Course to be held October 5-7 in Morrisville was also OK’d.

The Community Development Office was authorized to prepare and the mayor was authorized to sign all documents necessary for the purpose of applying and administering the US Department of Housing and Urban Development FY2015 Family Self-Sufficiency Program for the purpose of supporting self-selected families to ensure employment, increase wages and accumulate assets.

Mayor Gillen was authorized to execute all documents necessary to obtain an additional ambulance for Harborfest coverage.

Harbor Festivals is paying $1,000 for the cost of the ambulance. And, the city chamberlain was authorized to accept the payment.