The New York State Homes and Community Renewal Office of Community Renewal announced on Saturday that the city of Oswego has been awarded a $466,000 Community Development Block Grant for an Economic Development Project that was proposed in April by the city of Oswego Community Development Office.
At its meeting this week, the Common Council voted 4 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 2 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 1 to authorize the mayor to sign all contracts to hire Bergmann Associates to conduct the public meetings and revise the city’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan. The meetings could start in March.
At its meeting Monday night, the Planning and Development Committee voted 2-1 to recommend hiring a firm to facilitate the 2020 plan. One member says the plan is too restrictive and the council shouldn’t waste $25,000 of the taxpayers’ money on it.
Adopted in 2003 to guide the city’s economic and community development through 2023, the plan has already paid some dividends. However, a group of community leaders has been looking at the plan to see what’s been done, what needs to be started and what else can be done to improve the Port City.
Plans are under way for the 2009 Warm Up Oswego Festival being held Feb. 7, 2009. Warm Up Oswego is a way to celebrate the winter season and encourage people to venture outdoors during those months.