May 13, 2002
Town Board Minutes

Southwest Community Center
Supervisor: Victoria M. Mullen
Town Board Members: Tim DeSacia, Margaret Mahaney,
Richard Pratt, Barbara Tierney
The regular meeting of the Oswego Town Board was held on May 13, 2002 at the Southwest Community Center at 7:00 PM. Supervisor Mullen opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. The following members were present:
Supervisor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Attorney to the Board
Victoria Mullen
Tim DeSacia
Margaret Mahaney
Richard Pratt
Barbara Tierney
Stephen C. Greene
Town Clerk's Report: Tax collection ended with the following monies paid to the Supervisor; April 10, $2214.87 interest, April 11, $250.00 petty cash, $4253.67 March and April penalties, May 5, $741.92 April Interest, $1.49 over payments. Paid to County Treasurer on April 11, 2002 $1,154,934.29. At the annual Town Clerk's conference new changes to the hunting sales, no more paper license, all will be automated, handicap permits may be changed to add more information on them. ADA accessibility guidelines and information from the IRS, were available which I gave to our building inspector and bookkeeper. I obtained information on how to design employee handbooks. A number of local laws were voted on by the NYSTCA in support of repealing local registration days in presidential years, half-day shifts for election workers, and changes in racing and wagering for certain charitable and service organizations. Local bills opposed by the NYSTCA were: motor vehicle giving out handicap permits, notification of town clerks to officials regarding oath of office, licensing of cats and the proposed increase in the budget in the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund. April funds paid to the Supervisor $1078.58. The Historical Society will be hosting its annual Memorial Day service on May 26th at 1:00 PM in the Rural Cemetery.

Supervisor's Report: Thank you to Mrs. Cooper who presented to me for our town the banner, which hangs behind me, this commemorates the terrorist attack on September 11th. Congratulations go to Bob McCaffrey who was named Firefighter of the Year at the Firefighters banquet in April, it was a wonderful evening. Thank you to Beth Goodrich, an artist and teacher at OMS for donating a painting for Town Hall. Please stop by to see our local talent. A letter was received from Dept. of Treasury informing the town that they canceled the penalty for not meeting deposit requirement deadlines in 2001. The summer recreation program is taking shape and interviews will start soon. The Rural Cemetery is open and some equipment needs to be replaced. Thank you to Mr. DeSacia for working as our liaison with the cemetery. Mrs. Mahaney has a good start on the revamping of the zoning in town, her next meeting will be May 29th at 7:00 PM in town hall. Several residents have contacted me regarding the bridge closing on 104W . Mr. Carter has been in contact with the State DOT and sheriff's department and they have assured us that they are doing everything they can. Work continues in Sleepy Hollow, sewers have been raised, beds cleaned, and the pumps are under inspection. The smoke testing should be completed next week. An audit of all special districts show problems from accounts under budgeted, to accounts, which contain funds that may belong in other accounts. One lighting district had no tax levy charged this year, which puts them in the red. Ontario Heights sewer district has a shortage of funds because of increased sewer usage fees levied last September and the incorrect billing from 2001 as well as a problem with the Town not reimbursing the City of Oswego on a timely basis. Sleepy Hollow sewer district fund balance may contain funds that may not be theirs; fire hydrant fees charged to the new comprehensive water district may have been miscalculated. Our contingency fund is zero due to under budgeting of our insurance. In closing I have on tonight's agenda a resolution requesting an audit from the State Comptroller regarding these issues, the town board is committed to getting things in shape to get a true financial picture in order to plan for next year.

Public Comment: Questions and concerns from the public were as follows; were the tax problems with Federal or State, questions regarding Sleepy Hollow funds, can the revenue and expenditures be listed, why wasn't the smoke testing done last week? Will there be a meeting with Sleepy Hollow residents? Why not have Mr. See come in and audit the books?

Resolution 2002- 76 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes of April 8, 2002 town board meeting. Moved by Councilor Mahaney and seconded by Councilor Pratt. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2002- 77 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on Abstract #5.
General Fund
Highway Fund
Franklin/Baylis Lighting
Sleepy Hollow Sewer
$286,417.20
12,173.08
83.02
270.22
v-139-188
v-48-63

v-8

v-7
Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Tierney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2002- 78 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the highway superintendent to take a 1989 ton Ford Pick-up to the County Auction for sale purposes on May 17, 2002. Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Pratt. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2002- 79 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the hourly wage of $8.32 for the assistant cemetery superintendent for the 2002 season. Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Tierney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2002- 80 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the purchase and planting of Scotch Pine and Locust trees at the Salt Storage Shed site south of the Oswego Town Hall, on County Route 7, as directed by Ray Nolan of the DEC. at a cost not to exceed $1.000.00. Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2002- 81 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to sign an agreement with Oswego County Planning for the completion of the final comprehensive plan proposed land use maps. See attachment A . Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2002- 82 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board directs the Supervisor to send a letter to the New York State Comptrollers office requesting an audit of the towns 8 water districts, 2 sewer districts and street lighting. Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Pratt. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2002- 83 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves a transfer of $6,600 from TE 9901.9 (expendable trust) to A8810.4 (cemetery contractual) for the purchase of equipment for the cemetery. (lawn tractor and pump). Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried. Resolution 2002- 84 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves a budget modification to the 2002 budget, for an appropriation that was budgeted too low. Transfer $2,877.64 from A1910.4 (contingency account) to A9050.8 (disability insurance). Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Tierney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2002- 85 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board supports the efforts of the Oswego County Town Clerks and the New York State Town Clerks Associations efforts to oppose the proposed increase in the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund as described in attachment B. Moved by Councilor Mahaney and seconded by Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried. Resolution 2002- 86 Motion by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Tierney to add an item to the agenda. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2002- 87 Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Tierney:

WHEREAS, the Town of Oswego, Oswego County, New York, issued a series of certain Serial Bonds in 1993 for sewer improvements pursuant to Resolution of the Oswego Town Board entitled "Resolution Authorizing Issuance of Bonds to Finance Installation of Sewage Improvements" for the Ontario Heights Sewer District, adopted May 4, 1992;

AND WHEREAS, a series of bonds were issued based upon said Resolution; AND

WHEREAS, Bond Number 9 of said series is due and payable as of May 15, 2002;

NOW, BE IT RESOLVED that payment of said bond be made in the sum of Twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000.00), together with interest, if any, accruing thereupon.

Vote of the Town Board:
Victoria Mullen Supervisor aye
Timothy DeSacia Councilor aye
Margaret Mahaney Councilor aye
Richard Pratt Councilor aye
Barbara Tierney Councilor aye

All ayes motion carried. Motion by Councilor Tierney and seconded by Councilor Mahaney to adjourn the regular meeting at 7:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper, RMC
Oswego Town Clerk
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