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Three Budget Workshops Scheduled

OSWEGO, NY – At Monday night’s Common Council meeting Mayor Tom Gillen announced three budget workshops would be held this week regarding the city’s proposed spending plan for 2016.

Workshops will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday at 9 a.m.

They will be held in the council chambers and are open to the public.

In other business, the council sailed through a relatively brief agenda.

The council approved use of public space for:

• Norma Henry-Gustafson, owner of a single-family dwelling at 183 Ellen St., for use of five feet by 20 feet to install new concrete step, walk and rail between the curb and fronting Ellen Street.

• Keith Raymond, owner of Good Guys Barbershop, located at 193 W. First St., for one two-foot by four-foot, five-inch A-frame sign in public space, between the curb and property line fronting West First Street.

• Lolly Malone, representative for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, in order to place two A-frame signs advertising upcoming Big Bucks Event in public space at the corner of West Utica and West First streets and at the Forks of the road on west side (between 104 and George Washington Boulevard).

• Brown and Caldwell, contractors for National Grid, for 25 feet by 40 feet for temporary storage of construction equipment between the curb and property line fronting West Fourth Street for proposed pre-design investigations activities.

• Laurie Ann Marrano-Johnson, representative for STRIDE/SAVE CNY, in order to place four 2’x4’ A-frame signs advertising upcoming Suicide Prevention Walk, and 5K Run event in public space. They will be located at the corner of West Utica and West First streets (near the Armory), the corner near west side Dunkin’ Donuts (American Legion Park), the median in front of Bishop Commons on Route 481 and at the corner of East Utica and East First streets (near Hampton Inn site).

The council also approved the standard work day (8 hours) for police officers (for retirement reporting purposes). The New York State and Local Retirement System requires municipalities to establish the number of hours which constitute a standard work day for retirement reporting purposes.

Councilors set a public hearing for 7:10 p.m. August 24 in the council chambers at City Hall regarding proposed Local Law No. 6 of 2015.

The local law amends Local Law No. 2 of the Year 2015 – a local law regarding the denial or revocation of permits.

The change considered is: No such permit shall be granted to or renewed for an applicant who is in violation of any city of Oswego code, ordinance or local law (hereinafter “violations”) or who owes property taxes, water or sewer fees, special assessments, fines for violations of city ordinances or any other fees or past due monies of any name or nature owed to the city of Oswego (hereinafter “unpaid monies”).

The council then waived the rules of the Common Council to present resolution Nos. 329 – 332 from the floor without committee consideration.

They authorized the mayor to sign Change Order No. 1 with Barrett Paving Materials for project modifications to the Street Milling and Paving Project.

The city requested additional work be performed under the project. The cost, $159,882 is eligible for CHIPS reimbursement after the project expenses are paid by the city.

Approved use of the Civic Plaza area for the New York State
Department of Financial Services Mobile Unit to offer mortgage assistance to residents on Wednesday, August 12.

Representatives will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The council rescinded Resolution No. 264, Dated June 22, 2015. It granted permission to hold Oktoberfest.

And then approved an updated request for use of East Park for Oktoberfest to be held on Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. They also granted waivers of the noise and open container ordinances.