April 3, 2000
Town Board Minutes
Southwest Oswego Community Center
Supervisor: Jack Tyrie, Jr.
Town Board Members: Margaret Mahaney, Victoria Mullen,
Richard Pratt, Barbara Tierney
meeting of the Town of Oswego Board was held at the Southwest Community
Center on April 3, 2000 at 7:00 PM. The meeting was called to order by Supervisor
Tyrie who opened with The Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with
the following members present:
Resolution 66-2000 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes of 3/6/00 and 3/15/00 as presented by the Town Clerk. Moved by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Pratt. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 67-2000 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the audit of the bills on abstract 4 and authorizes payment of same by the Supervisor. Moved by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Pratt. Councilor Tierney had questions regarding the Pomeroy bill, and Justice Jung's mileage. She would like Supervisor to write a letter to Justice Jung requesting Mr. Fred Ferguson to do the bank deposits for him. Councilor Pratt had a ' question regarding the holding tank bill.
Resolution 69-2000 Motion by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Pratt to resume the regular meeting at 8:36 PM. All ayes motion carried.
Supervisor's Report: There will be a meeting informational meeting April 26th at 7:00 PM at the Southwest Community Center regarding the Nunzi property. Don Dowd, Code Enforcement Officer and Jim Nelson, DCO gave department reports. The pumps at the Sleepy Hollow Sewer plant will be replaced with 2 horse power grinder pumps, if this type of pump works all the pumps will be replaced with the 2 horse power. The cemetery has opened April 1st and the interviews for cemetery help were held. The recreation program hiring will be held in May, advertising for these positions will be later this month. Progress is being made with the Sleepy Hollow Road.
Public Comment: Area residents had questions regarding the town courts expenses, the recreation program hiring, the Sleepy Hollow road construction, the pumps at the Sleepy Hollow plant. Much discussion regarding Nunzi's property and those resident's speaking were against buying the property for various reasons. Issues about the health and safety of town employees and the need for a new town hall/garage. Is the County okay with the idea of the town buying Nunzi's because it is next to Camp Hollis? The board should with draw the public hearing on the vote for Nunzi's.
Presentation of Proposed Local Law 1-2000
Whereas the Oswego Town Board seeks to ensure the Town Land Use Ordinance and Sub Division Regulations are enforced fairly and efficiently, and Whereas regular meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board are necessary if such enforcement is to occur, and Whereas members of both such Boards have expressed concerns relating to the ability of the Boards to meet Quorum Requirements, therefore be it enacted that the Town Land Use Ordinance shall be amended as follows: Add to Article V Section F. Supplementar: the following:
a. Members shall be expected to be regular in their attendance at Planning Board Meetings. Failure to attend four (4) regularly scheduled meetings during a twelve- (12) month period may result in removal from membership. Removal shall occur only following a public hearing before, and a vote of, the Town Board. Such hearing shall be held not sooner than ten (10) days, but not more than thirty (30) days after a formal charge has been filed with the Town Clerk. Such charge may be filed by any Town Resident. Presented by Supervisor Tyrie seconded by Councilor Pratt.
Presentation of Proposed Local Law 2-2000
Add to Article V Section F. Suplementar: at the conclusion of Paragraph a. the following:
b. The Planning Board shall consist of five (5) members. Presented by Supervisor Tyrie
Resolution 70-2000 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board move $50.25 from Line A1990.4 (contingency) to Line A9050.8 (unemployment ins.) Moved by Supervisor Tyrie and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 71-2000 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the payment of costs in the amount of $540.00 for additional work performed on the Lake Ridge Road project. Moved by Councilor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Tierney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 72-2000 Whereas the Sterling Nature Center is a valuable resource to the people of our neighboring Town of Sterling and to the people of the Town of Oswego, and whereas the Friends of the Sterling Nature Center wish to preserve local flora, therefore be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes Professor Donald Cox to supervise the transplantation of a minimal number of plants from the area formerly known as the Oswego Town Park to the Sterling Nature Center. Moved by Supervisor Tyrie and seconded by Councilor Pratt. Addition to above resolution by Councilor Mullen: provided no protected or endangered plants are removed. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 73-2000 Be it resolved to establish a "Harassment/Sexual Harassment Policy" for all Town employees including it's Officers, Committee members, Board Members and in meeting the mandatory guide lines of. governmental laws. To have such policy posted through out Oswego Town, first at each of it's departments and second, publicly in all it's buildings. Moved by Councilor Pratt, seconded by Councilor Tierney. All ayes motion carried.
Agenda ITEM E. Whereas there is a large discrepancy between the assessed value of the "Nunzi" property and the value placed on the property by the most recent appraisal, Therefore be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to obtain an appraisal from a third source. Moved by Supervisor Tyrie, no second motion failed.
Resolution 74-2000 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board modifies the 2000 budgets as follows: Move $12,290.00 from A-599 (appropriated fund bal.) to A9901.9 (transfer to other funds). Moved by Councilor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Pratt. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 75-2000 Whereas studies have demonstrated that adolescent girls who become mothers face financial hardship and decreased educational opportunities, and whereas the Oswego Town Board wishes to encourage efforts to prevent the problems associated with adolescent pregnancy, Therefore be itresolved that the Oswego Town Board declares May 2000 to be Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Moved by Supervisor Tyrie and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 76-2000 Whereas the Town Land Use Ordinance was passed in 1974, (revised in 1981), and Whereas there are features of the law which, as demonstrated by legal action against the Town and charges in NYS Laws and Regulations, are in need of review, Therefore be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes the Zoning Board of Appeals to evaluate the Land Use ordinance. Be it further resolved the ZBA is hereby authorized to recommend changes in the Land Use Ordinance, such alterations to include the format, clarity, consistency, and enforcement of said Law, but shall not be limited to said topics. Be it further resolved that the Oswego Town Board hereby authorizes the Planning Board, upon adoption of a Town Comprehensive Plan, to engage in a review of the Land Use Ordinance, and to make recommendations for amendments intended to bring such ordinance into compliance with said plan. Moved by Supervisor Tyrie and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. Discussion followed, Motion by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Councilor Mullen to table this resolution. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 77-2000 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board accepts the Agreement to Spend Highway Funds as submitted by the Highway Superintendent. Moved by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Pratt. Councilor Mahaney asked where Mr. Carter was suppose to lists these roads, Councilor Tierney would like to see the Local Law, which pertains to this agreement. 3 ayes 2 nays.
Mahaney nay, Mullen aye, Pratt aye, Tierney aye, Tyrie nay.
Attorney Greene stated the Town Board is not bound by Robert's Rules of Order.
Resolution 78-2000 Motion by Councilor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Tierney to re-consider Resolution 64-2000. 4 ayes, 1 nay.
Mahaney aye, Mullen aye, Pratt aye, Tierney aye, Tyrie nay.
Resolution 79-2000 Motion by Councilor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Tierney to rescind Resolution 64-2000. 3 ayes, 2 nays.
Mahaney nay, Mullen aye, Pratt aye, Tierney aye, Tyrie nay.
Councilor Mullen read a statement regarding this motion, Councilor Tierney would like to reconsider because we have no game plan, no answers to many questions and we should look at what we need not what we want. Councilor Mahaney stated she never heard two years ago from the previous board not to put this grant application in. It is up to the people now and we should have some hearings on this. I am all for a new town hall and garage but I wasn't here when we put in for this grant application and why did they put in for it. I don't remember any board member saying no to the grant application. Councilor Tierney has no problem having public hearings, but having this referendum so soon before we have answers to questions. Supervisor Tyrie has not received any formal written notification of the grant. He stated this grant project has been on the table for discussion for over two years and nothing has been hidden and everything has been available. Councilor Pratt voted in favor on first resolution then has talked to many town residents about this and found 15 to I against this project. The board has talked about a long-term plan and it should be in existence before we move along any further.
Resolution 80-2000 Motion by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Supervisor Tyrie be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board develops a long-term capital spending plan by December 31, 2000. All ayes motion carried.
Public Comment: Residents asked why the board didn't table resolution 77-2000, why are we paying unemployment insurance, further questions on constable positions, Carson Road and will the board still have the public hearing on Nunzi's?
Motion by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Mullen to adjourn the regular meeting at 9:55 PM. All ayes motion carried.
Theresa A. Cooper
Oswego Town Clerk