November 6, 2002
Town Board Minutes
Southwest Community Center
Supervisor: Victoria M. Mullen
Town Board Members: Tim DeSacia, Greg Herrmann,
Margaret Mahaney, Richard Pratt
meeting of the Oswego Town Board was held November 6, 2002 at the Southwest
Community Center at 7:00 PM. Roll call was taken again with the following
Supervisor's Report: Tonight is our public comment hearing on the preliminary budget, I would like to highlight some changes that will be seen in next years budget. Personal service accounts for safety and zoning enforcement was eliminated. These two accounts totaled $18,353.00 in 2002. For 2003 the board is looking to contract with Life Safety for a $10,000.00 annual fee. Contracting out has many advantages. The most obvious are the savings. Not only an $8 thousand-dollar saving in salaries, and Social Security payments also no contractual money will be needed, no training, supplies, or mileage. The board is looking for better service to the public at a reduced cost to the taxpayer. Town Attorney lines have been consolidated into one account and lowered $2000.00. In 2002 the total attorney accounts totaled $17,000.00 Consolidated amount is $15,000.00 Under the advice of the state comptrollers office, we stream lined these accounts, to save on budget modifications.
I have also been concerned about the amount paid to attorneys who attend zoning and planning meetings when there is no business in front of the boards. We need to look at the way the town pays for zoning and planning attorneys.
The town web site maintenance fee which totaled $2400 in 2002 has been reduced to $500.00 for 2003, this is included in account A1650.4. This amount realistically reflects the amount of time that is put into maintaining the site. Most contractual accounts have been reduced.
A clear message has been sent, "Do more with Less". The highway personal service accounts includes the negotiated wage increase for 2003.
The town building custodian accounts have been consolidated into one. All special water districts have been eliminated, and the new consolidated water district is included. We have eliminated hydrant fees for the town and the taxpayer will have relief on their tax bills. Since everyone went without a raise in 2002, and I have been impressed with the work ethic of most of our employees, I feel that they deserve a cost of living increase. I have included 3.5% increase for all returning employees.
Please keep in mind the amount in the line item does not necessarily reflect the pay of the individual. Youth personal services and contractual have been cut back. I spent the summer overseeing the summer recreation program. Low enrollment, and not having facilities to run a quality program for children, I am looking into revamping our summer program. There is funding out there and I will go after it. We have added a line for Star reimbursement. Included in this budget is a payment for the highway garage.
Resolution 2002- 154 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the October 21, 2002 town board meeting and the October 21, 2002 budget workshop. Moved by Councilor Mahaney and seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2002- 155 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 11. General Fund $13524.49 v-447-492 Highway Fund 18193.00 v-151-167 Franklin/Baylis Lighting 91.66 v- 15 Sleepy Hollow Sewer 811.36 v-25-27 Ontario Heights Sewer 3064.13 v-13-15 Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Pratt. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2002- 156 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the following budget changes to the 2003 preliminary budget. SS1.9730.7 (Sleepy Hollow Interest) $8300.00 to $5000.00 SS1.1001 (Sleepy Hollow Real Property Taxes) 32,700.00 to 29,400.00 A1010.1 (Town Board Personal Services) 15,182.00 to 14,669.00 A1220.1 (Supervisor Personal Services) 9,153.00 to 8,843.00 A1990.4 (Contingency) 7,791.00 to 8,614.00 Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2002- 157 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to sign an agreement with John and Martha Torrice and Shawn and Ruth Clary (attachment A) who have expressed a willingness to enter into an agreement formalizing the rights of the Town of Oswego to traverse that very small portion of their premises in which the entrance to the Oswego Town Rural Cemetery lies. Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2002- 158 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes the budget modifications as follows: A7140.4 (Parks & Recreation Contractual) to A1920.4 (Municipal Association Dues) $35.00 A7140.4 (Parks & Recreation Contractual) to A5010.4 (Highway Superintendent Contractual) $86.90 A7140.4 (Parks & Recreation Contractual) to A5182.4 (Street lighting contractual) $917.96 Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2002- 159 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board adopts the 2003 budget as modified in Resolution 2002- 156. Moved by Councilor DeSacia and seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Supervisor Mullen thanked Budget Officer Rick Hogan for his many hours of work he put into this budget.
The regular meeting of the Oswego Town Board was adjourned at 7:15 PM.
Theresa A. Cooper, RMC
Oswego Town Clerk