Residents Have Chance To Speak On Oswego’s Budget Plan

OSWEGO, NY – Members of the public will get their chance next week to speak out on the city’s proposed 2016 budget.

At Monday night’s meeting, the Common Council scheduled a public hearing regarding the tentative spending plan.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 13 W. Oneida St.

In other business, the council:

Approved use of Veterans’ Park by ARC of Oswego County in order to host the musical group FLAME on September 18, from 4:30 until 9 p.m.

FLAME is a group of talented musicians who happen to have disabilities.

ARC of Oswego County was also granted permission to have vendors at the event and a waiver of the Noise Ordinance for this event.

Approved use of Breitbeck Park for a wedding to be held on
September 26.

Sara Gozzi, representing Oswego County Opportunities, was granted permission to use of the grassy area at the intersection of East First Street and East Mohawk Street, between Tim Horton’s and the Harbor Rail Trail, to display the Silent Witness Initiative and Survivor Flag display for the entire month of October – Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The display consists of 700-800 miniature purple flags placed in the ground along with a yard sign explaining that each flag represents a victim/survivor of domestic Violence in Oswego County.

The flags are placed around a red, life-sized, wooden, female statute, which represents the women in our county who suffer in silence.

Additionally, SAF was granted permission to use purple floodlights in Civic Plaza around the fountains and next to City Hall.

Approved use of the East Side Fire Station for a flu shot clinic sponsored by Rite Aid to be held October 7-9.

Accepted the donation of two park benches; one in honor of Joseph Spereno and the other in honor of John “Jack” Constanza.

They also accepted the donation of life jackets from Brookfield Renewable Power for the Wear-It Program.

Approved use of Fire Department personnel at the Oswego High School home football games and any crossover playoff games to be determined at a later date.

The school district will reimburse the city of Oswego for all overtime and Social Security costs for the fire department personnel working the above events at the minimum of four hours per personnel, per game.

Don Belcastro was appointed to the Board of Assessment Review.

Approved Local Law No. 6 of the Year 2015. The local law amends Local Law No. 2 of the Year 2015 (regarding the denial or revocation of permits).

The council approved an extension of the one percent sales and compensating use tax.

The mayor was authorized to sign Change Order No. 1 with Bronze Contracting for project modifications to the demolition agreement.

During the demolition of 59 Liberty St., Bronze Contracting broke six flags of concrete sidewalk fronting the residence. The contractor has agreed to have the city of Oswego replace the damaged sidewalk at a cost of $3,000.

Change order number 1 reduces the contract price of the demolition from $19,750 to $16,750.

The mayor was also authorized to enter into agreements with the Oswego City School District for a School Resource Officer and office space for the 2015-2016 school year.

The purchasing agent was authorized to seek bids for the rental of a pothole machine. The results of the bids will be brought back to the full council for consideration.

Councilors approved transfer of funds from within the Fire Department and authorized the purchase of a new SUV.

They approved the transfer of funds to the Community Development Office.

Justin Rudgick, community development director, requested a transfer of $250,000 from the General Fund to the Community Development Office for FY2015.

He asked the Common Council to provide general funds under the new leadership and direction in order to continue to move forward while exploring opportunities for creating efficiencies and improving operational performances as the city moves into FY2016.

And, they OK’d several transfers of funds from Within the Department of Public Works.

Councilors waived the rules of the Common Council to present five resolutions from the floor without committee consideration.

They authorized the mayor to execute all documents necessary to transfer portions of Whitney Street to the contiguous property owners.

They approved use of public space for Colleen Falise, owner of property at 242 W. Fifth St., in order to utilize an existing one-car parking area.

They approved the city assessor’s request to attend the New York State Assessors Association Conference to be held October 4-7, in Ellenville, NY.

They approved use of Washington Square Park (East Park) by the Oswego County Federal Credit Union in order to host a Movie in the Park Night on September 4.

(The other resolution was the public hearing on the budget).