After a handful of small tweaks, the Common Council unanimously approved the 2019 spending plan for the Port City. The budget contains the first reduction in city property taxes for city residents in 20 years. Mayor Billy Barlow’s budget proposal reduced the general tax rate from $15.67 per thousand dollars of assessed value in 2018 to $15.33 in 2019. The council’s reductions trimmed it to $15.28. It goes from a 2.11% reduction in city property taxes in the 2019 Operating Budget, to a 2.41%.
Historic Oswego wrote another chapter in its centuries old relationship with the U.S. Army. Representatives from the Army and the city of Oswego signed a partnership agreement August 23 as part of the Army’s Partnership for Youth Success program. The partnership will guarantee U.S. Army veterans a job interview when they apply for any city government job opportunity.
More than 20 local residents gathered in Franklin Square (West) Park today (May 24) to urge Congressman John Katko to vote against President Trump’s and Congressional Republicans’ plan to make draconian cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance Program in order to pay for the $1.5 trillion tax break for the wealthy, which was passed in December.
Students, representing schools from all across the county, recently sat with the legislators and took an active role in the recent legislature meeting. Prior to that they visited other facets of county government and had a chance to debate and vote on their own ‘resolution.’
The small park at the entrance to the city at East First and Utica street will be getting some sprucing up, thanks to the Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club. The Physical Services Committee gave a favorable recommendation to a request from the club for use of public space at Leotta Park in order to construct a pavilion and place four picnic tables. They will also do landscaping in the area.
More than two dozen concerned citizens spent their lunch hour Friday (Dec. 8) holding an informational picket outside Oswego City Hall. The group sought to highlight the cons of the proposed GOP tax plan.
Some, armed with signs, went into City Hall to see if anyone was working in Congressman John Katko’s office. No one was working and the office was locked. Later, they patrolled the west side of West First Street to get their message out to pedestrians and motorists.
The Oswego County Health Department reported today (August 16) that Eastern equine encephalitis virus was found in three samples of bird-biting mosquitoes collected last week in Oswego County. EEE was detected for the second time this year near Toad Harbor Swamp in Constantia, where two mosquito samples tested positive, and for the first time this year in the Toad Harbor Swamp in West Monroe. Due to these findings, the Oswego County Health Department is taking the necessary steps to conduct aerial spraying of 10,000 acres in and around the Toad Harbor Swamp.
The Oswego County Health Department announced today (August 9) that West Nile virus was detected in a sample of bird-biting mosquitoes collected last week from the Toad Harbor Swamp in the town of West Monroe. The health department is working closely with the state Department of Health and will continue to monitor mosquito activity in Oswego County.
At Monday night’s meeting of the Administrative Services Committee, councilors recommended a budget transfer to address the city’s skunk nuisance. The animal control officer requested a transfer of $8,000 to cover the cost of nuisance wildlife trapping services in the city for the 2017 trapping season provided by O’Gorman’s Wildlife Removal.
Capital project #192 was established in 2009 for the purpose of advancing municipal sewer service from the city of Fulton into the town of Volney. The project was designed and approved – but never funded. Now, the county is proposing to construct “Section 2,” which would provide service along Route 176 and most of Howell Road. This would include the airport and the adjacent industrial park properties.