March 6, 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 March 6, 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:
Two weeks ago, I lost a friend, but the Town of Oswego lost a valuable resource. Mr. Pupparo was a man who gave of himself to all who asked, but he fought like the devil to protect his rights. I personally know no one who had a greater claim to those rights. He served his country in the Pacific, and suffered for three years in a Japanese Prisoner-of-War Camp. Yet in his humility, he rarely spoke of the experience in public. Anyone involved in Town politics during the last 30 years knew Mr. Pupparo, and knew what he thought. Whenever I ask if members of the public have any comments, I know that Fran Pupparo is up above telling Bob Clary exactly what I'm doing wrong. He will be sorely missed. I would ask that we all bow our heads and take a moment, each in our own way, to remember the life of Francis Pupparo.
Resolution 47-2000 Motion by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Mahaney to approve the bills for abstract 3 for the following amounts.
All ayes motion carried.
Town Clerk's Report: Tax Collection as of 2/29/00, $1,725,749.42, February interest paid to supervisor $2475.86, Feb. Penalties, $1009.82.
Supervisor's Report: Thank you to Councilor Pratt for holding planning/zoning board meeting. He suggested to the board for their input a residency requirement for all town employees.
Mark See, CPA gave annual financial report. The town is in good financial shape and the board should plan for the excess fund balance. Fund balances should be looked at before purchases are made when working on the budget.
Supervisor Tyrie read a thank you letter from potential Eagle Scout, Dan Gnojek. The community center will be examined by Mr. Stearns an engineer from Syracuse.
Cemetery Report: Rick Pitcher reported that the cemetery would open April Ist. He has estimated another 120 hours to complete phase one of the cemetery projects he has been working on. He has separated the work into 3 phases. He hopes to hire 6 Part time ' workers for summer help. The cemetery truck needs to be replaced. He has 3 quotes for a compact backhoe for the cemetery. The cemetery could also use 1 lawn tractor. Councilor Pratt asked about phase 2. Donna Pinter reported that 1 lot was sold in February.
Zoning Report: Marcella Gibson reported she had 3 complaints she is working on. She mailed 3 certified letters to people with zoning violations and she currently has 3 more letters to be mailed.
Public Comment: Town residents had questions regarding the fund balances, why not leave the money where it is, Hojack Trail, Nunzi. Will the Sleepy Hollow Road project have a clerk of the works? Who will order bid process? Rice Creek and Fall Brook were mentioned, as another avenue for hikers, bikers and snow mobile's to use.
Resolution 49-2000 Motion by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Pratt to move into executive session at 7:55 PM to discuss a personnel matter and negotiations for renewal of Cable Franchise Agreement. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 50-2000 Motion by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Councilor Mahaney to move back into the regular meeting at 8:13 PM. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 51-2000 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board authorizes the following modification of the Town General Budget: Move $60179. From line A599 (unallocated surplus)to line A9901.9 (Interfund Transfer), Move $60179. From DA5031 (Interfund Transfer) to line DA599 (unallocated surplus) to cover the costs of the new front-end loader. Moved by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 52-2000 Be it resolved that the Town of Oswego shall observe Veteran's Day 2000 on Friday, November 10, 2000. Moved by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Supervisor Tyrie. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 53-2000 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board recommends to the Oswego County Legislature that they not open the Hojack Trail for public use in any manner. Moved by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Mullen. Amended resolution submitted by Councilor Tierney to read: Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board recommends to the Oswego County Legislature that they vote Not to open the Hojack Line EAST of Rt. 104 for recreational use of any kind but they do reevaluate the suitability of opening the Hojack line property WEST of Rt. 104 for recreational use in the Town of Oswego. Councilor Tierney explained the amended resolution and felt the board should make itsrecommendation to the legislature. 3 ayes, 2 nays. Mahaney nay, Tyrie - nay, Mullen aye, Pratt aye, Tierney aye.
Resolution 54-2000 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board authorizes the use of the SW Community Center and two voting machines by the Oswego City School District for balloting to be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2000. Be it further resolved that the Oswego City School District shall hold the Town of Oswego harmless in the event of litigation resulting from the use of town facilities. Moved by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Councilor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 55-2000 Whereas the Town of Oswego no longer has reason to use the property located on County Route 20, formerly the site of the "Highmore Water Tower", and Whereas sale of the property would return the parcel to the tax rolls, and Whereas an offer of $1,000.00 has been presented by Ed Mervine of Highmore Drive, Therefore be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to take steps to provide Mr. Mervine with a quick claim deed for the parcel. Be it further resolved that Mr. Mervine shall, in return, proved the town with payment of $1,000.00. Moved by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 56-2000 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to enter into the Recreation Contract with the Oswego County Youth Bureau (attachment A) for the purposes of conducting a Summer Recreation Program. Moved by Supervisor Tyrie and seconded by Councilor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 57-2000 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to enter into the contract with John Damiano, LLS, (Attachment B) for the detailed services related to road construction in Sleepy Hollow. Moved by Councilor Mahaney and seconded by Councilor Tierney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 58-2000 Whereas the Town's response(s) to emergency situations would be enhanced by preparation of a Town Plan, Therefore be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to invite representatives of the Oswego County Office of Emergency Planning to attend a Town Board Workshop for the purpose of discussing the role of the Town during an emergency situation. Moved by Supervisor Tyrie and seconded by Councilor Tierney. All ayes motion carried. No cost to town at this time.
Resolution 59-2000 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the reappointment of Randall Pratt to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Be it further resolved that such term of office shall expire December 31, 2004. Moved by Supervisor Tyrie and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. 4 ayes, 1 abstain.
Mahaney - aye
Mullen - aye
Pratt - abstain
Tierney - aye
Tyrie - aye
Resolution 60-2000 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes Town Officials to attend the North Country Local Government Conference sponsored by the Commission on the Tug Hill Plateau, to be held at Jefferson Community College on April 13th. Moved by Supervisor Tyrie and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 61-2000 Be it resolved that the Town Clerk is authorized to attend the 2000 session of the Town Clerk's Association Annual Conference. Be it further resolved that any and all costs associated', with said attendance shall be considered legitimate Town charges provided that the Town Travel Policy is followed. Moved by Councilor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 62-2000 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes Town Clerk Theresa Cooper and Deputy Town Clerk Donalee Murray as signatories on the Town Clerk and Tax Collector Accounts as delineated in (attachment C). Moved by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Supervisor Tyrie. All ayes motion carried.
Public Comment: Legislator Boynton spoke to the board about the Hojack Trail. Area residents had concerns and comments on the Hojack Trail, and the highway departments front end loader. Would the fire department be involved With the town emergency planning? Question about spending money for Nunzi's when a new town hall and garage are needed. Is Sleepy Hollow Sewer Plant up and running?
Motion by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Pratt to adjourn the regular meeting at 9:25 PM.
Theresa A. Cooper
Oswego Town Clerk