August 13, 2001
Town Board Minutes

Oswego Town Council Community Center

Supervisor: Jack Tyrie, Jr.
Town Board Members: Margaret Mahaney, Victoria M. Mullen,
Richard Pratt, Barbara Tierney
The regular meeting of the Oswego Town Board was held at 7:00 PM at the Southwest Community Center. 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:
Supervisor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Attorney to the Board
Jack Tyrie, Jr.
Margaret Mahaney
Victoria M. Mullen
Richard Pratt
Barbara Tierney
Stephen C. Greene
Public Comment: Questions and concerns directed to the Town Board regarding pending lawsuits the town has, Architect costs for the new garage, road paving, ZBA membership, resignations, web site updates, billing issues for ambulance contract and the tour de loop change. Will there be a referendum on the new highway garage and what is the status of the Sleepy Hollow grant?

Resolution 2001- 233 Motion by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Mullen to open the public hearing for proposed local law #4 at 7:40 PM. All ayes motion carried. The Town Clerk read the legal notice for proposed Local Law #4. Town Resident, Richard Hogan and Doug Malone spoke in favor of this law. No one spoke against.

Resolution 2001- 234 Motion by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Councilor Mahaney to close the public hearing at 7:43 PM. All ayes motion carried.

Town Clerk's Report: Total sales for July $1,874.09, with $1,521.24 being paid to the Supervisor. On July 20, 2001 $561.00 was paid to the Supervisor for interest received on the tax money market account for April, May and June.

Resolution 2001- 235 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes of the July 9, 2001 regular meeting as presented by the Town Clerk. Moved by Councilor Mahaney and seconded by Councilor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2001- 236 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the audit of the bills and payment of the following vouchers:
General Fund v-282-314 $ 14479.68
Highway Fund v-100-116 137765.69
Sleepy Hollow Sewer v-14-15 $399.00
Ontario Heights v-11 325.00
Lighting Districts v-5-6 243.19
Discussion followed regarding voucher 312 and special district water vouchers. Motion by Supervisor Tyrie and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. Friendly amendment by Councilor Pratt to change voucher 312 line item to A1620.4. All special district water vouchers were pulled until the vouchers could be double checked. 3 ayes, 2 nays. Mahaney, Pratt, Tyrie aye, Mullen, Tierney nay.

Supervisor's Report: There will be a budget workshop and board meeting workshop on Sept. 4th, 5 PM at the town hall. Building Committee Report: Councilor Mullen read the committee's report and recommendations for the highway garage.

New Business:

Resolution 2001- 237
Be it enacted that Proposed Local Law 2001-4, being considered to change the term of office of town clerk from (2) two years to (4) four years. This change is subject to a mandatory referendum, and this law will be placed before the voters for approval or rejection at the biennial Town Election to be held on November 6, 2001. Be it further enacted that the following question shall be identified as "Town Proposition #1" and placed before the voters: "Shall the term of office for the position of Oswego Town Clerk be changed from (2) years to (4) four years?" Be it further enacted that a vote of "Yes" shall indicate approval of Proposed Local Law 2001-4, and a vote of "No" shall indicate rejection of Proposed Local Law 2001-4. Be it further enacted that the Town Supervisor is authorized to take any and all steps necessary for presentation of this question at the 2001 biennial election. Be it further enacted that, following approval of the proposition, the four-year term of office shall first take effect upon the election of town clerk at the 2003 biennial town election. Moved by Supervisor Tyrie and seconded by Councilor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2001- 238 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board accepts with regret the resignations of: Donalee Murray, Deputy Town Clerk and ZBA secretary; Frank Izyk, Cemetery Superintendent; Vivian Golding, ZBA members. Moved by Supervisor Tyrie and seconded by Councilor Pratt. All ayes motion carried.

Item C: Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the appointment of and to fill the unexpired terms of Elizabeth Sharkey and Vivian Golding respectively, as members of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Be it further resolved that such terms shall expire in February ___and ___ respectively. This item was withdrawn.

Resolution 2001- 239 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the hiring of Calvin Stevens as Cemetery Superintendent. Be it further resolved that such appointment shall expire on December 31, 2001. Moved by Supervisor Tyrie and seconded by Councilor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2001- 240 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes Supervisor Jack Tyrie to enter into an agreement with Thomas Arctander, Architect, subject to review and approval by the Town Attorney to prepare engineering and bid specifications for a new highway garage, located southwest of the present highway garage on County Route 7. The fee will include schematic design phase, design development phase, construction documentation phase, and bidding or negotiation phase. The fee will not exceed $32,000 and will be adjusted to bids received on the project. Moved by Councilor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Tierney. 3 ayes, 2 nays. Mullen, Pratt, Tierney aye, Mahaney, Tyrie nay.

Resolution 2001- 241 "The Oswego Town council supports the efforts of Councilor Mullen to apply for the Niagara Mohawk Community Renaissance Award. This award is given for exemplary community development work being performed through Upstate New York. The goal is to make everyone aware of the spirit and success of Upstate New York. This award exemplifies the "can do" community effort to build strong, viable places to live, work and play in New York State. Councilor Mullen will be entering the Oswego Town Park for an award, and will do all the paper work for the project, which has to be submitted by August 31st. Moved by Councilor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Tierney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2001- 242 Whereas the Town Board is responsible for the general management and control of town finances. Whereas the Oswego Town Board members need the proper financial information for the making of decisions related to the towns fiscal operation. Whereas year-end 2000 fiscal audit of Oswego Town was not completed, Whereas due to the lack of financial information available for the first six-months (6) of 2001. Whereas, the accuracy of 2001 reports submitted to the board has been questioned. Let it be resolved, an audit of the Town of Oswego financial books for the first six months of 2001. Such audit to be done by the Oswego Town Board commencing on August 20, 2001 at 1 PM to such time the audit can be made whole. Such audit would be a review of all deposits and withdraws slips, statements, and reconciliation of all existing accounts. All payroll records including time sheets used in the determination of payrolls. A review of all journal entries and the posting to their respective ledger accounts. The cooperation and assistance of the Town Supervisor, Mr. Tyrie and Town Bookkeeper, Mrs. Brown is expected, as needed. The town financial books will stand as is, as of the audit commencement date of August 20, 2001. Moved by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Councilor Mullen. 4 ayes, 1 present Mahaney, Mullen, Pratt, Tierney aye, Tyrie present

Public Comment: Questions and comments were raised regarding time sheets for town employees, the status of the community center repair, why is the town not getting 3 bids for the garage building, subdivision questions and more highway garage questions and concerns.

Resolution 2001- 243 Motion by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Pratt to move into executive session at 9:00 PM to discuss pending litigation and personnel issues. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2001- 244 Motion by Councilor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Mahaney to resume the regular meeting at 9:15 PM. All ayes motion carried.

Motion by Councilor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Mahaney to adjourn The regular meeting of the Oswego Town Board at 9:16 PM. All ayes motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper
Oswego Town Clerk
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