August 11 , 2003
Town Board Minutes
Oswego Town Council Community Center
Supervisor: Victoria M. Mullen
Town Board Members: Tim DeSacia, Margaret Mahaney,
Richard Pratt, Greg Herrmann
of the Oswego Town Board was called to order by Supervisor Mullen on August
11, 2003 at the Southwest Community Center at 6:55 PM. Roll
call was taken and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Public Hearing: Barry Pritchard asked what the reason for this change? Lois Luber asked about variances and would zoning board of appeals still hear these? Would the people be able to go to a higher court if they did not like the decision of the Planning Board? Jim Thompson asked about who makes determination as to who gets the application first? Doug Malone asked if this change would be business friendly?
Resolution 2003- 93 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board closes the public hearing at 7:20 PM. Motion by Councilor DeSacia and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Town Clerk Report: The July fees paid to the supervisor were $2607.58. The Historical Society is having a yard sale September 19 & 20th at the Southwest Community Center to benefit the Dr. Mary Walker statue fund. Donations welcomed no clothes. Hunting licenses go on sale August 18th. Dog census is going well, all the subdivisions are completed. I will resume my Saturday hours on August 23, 2003.
Supervisor's Report: The Town is currently assembling its budget for 2004. We will be sending to our department heads requests for the upcoming year. We are also mindful that the payment from Metropolitan will end in 2013 and will need to be made up. We are hoping to accomplish this with outside grants for expenses and revenues and also cut town expenses. Even though this date seems far off, we as a town need to start planning for this increased expense now; we will be meeting with the county concerning our reimbursement rate for plowing county roads within our town. Our highway superintendent has held a number of preliminary discussions with the county and other towns and no decision on a reimbursement schedule has been made at this time. This issue may become a large issue with our 2004 budget and we will keep the public informed on this. Our utility bills and insurance’s are on the rise, which we are paying very close attention to. Utility bills should be greatly helped when the new garage is opened. 2004 may be a challenging budget year, and we are making every effort to make it a stable budget.
The Sleepy Hollow sewer rehabs (manholes) should start within two weeks. When this phase is complete we will assess our funds try to do the next phase of the project, with the grant money I was able to secure.
I have signed all the documentation with FEMA to be reimbursed for the ice storm.
Public Comment: Questions were raised about the wood chips and cost of chipper, building permit fees. Mr. Carter gave a report about the FEMA reimbursement, the widening of St. Rt. 104 has been pushed back to 2008, the County is trying to stop the payment to the towns for plowing county roads, All county highway superintendents will be meeting August 20th to discuss the disbursement. Mr. Carter asked the town board to send a letter to the County Administrator to say we would refuse to plow county roads. Concern over the lack of plowing on Waterview Rd was brought up, a resident on the road would like help from the town board, possibly a call to the owners stating the safety issue of unplowed roads. It was suggested a letter be sent to the owners from the town board voicing these concerns. Supervisor Mullen had called the owners of the trailer park and they will look into this matter. Question regarding a possible tax increase and would the town be looking at one?
Resolution 2003- 94 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the July 14th, and the July 23, 2003 town board meetings. Moved by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2003- 95 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract #8.
Resolution 2003- 96 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board seta a public hearing on September 8, 2003 at 6:55 PM at the Southwest Community Center, St. Rt. 104, Oswego, NY, to hear all interested parties for or against proposed Local Law 2003-5, a local law to decrease the membership of the planning board from seven members to five members to take effect upon the next two expirations of terms. Moved by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Supervisor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2003- 97 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board accepts the with regret the resignation of Mr. Ken Reeves, as Cemetery Superintendent, and appoints Mr. John Knopp, Cemetery Superintendent and Mr. William Jackson as Assistant Cemetery Superintendent to serve out the remainder of 2003.
Moved by Councilor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Pratt. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2003- 98 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the purchase of a 280 Bandit chipper on state bid for $4626.00. Moved by Councilor Herrmann and seconded by Supervisor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2003-99 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board formally approves budget modification in the amount of $2406.00 from A1990.4 (Contingent) to A1910.4 (unallocated insurance) which was approved and transferred on May 21, 2003. Moved by Councilor Herrmann and seconded by Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2003-100 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board adopts Local Law 2003-4 changing the scope of duties of the Oswego Town Planning and Zoning Boards as defined in the Land Use Control and District regulations Ordinance of the Town of Oswego, NY, effective with the filling with the Secretary of State. Moved by Councilor DeSacia and seconded by Councilor Herrmann.
Resolution 2003-100a Motion by Councilor Mahaney and seconded by Councilor Pratt to table Resolution 2003-100. DeSacia, nay, Herrmann, nay, Mahaney, aye, Mullen, nay, Pratt aye. Motion failed
Vote on Resolution 2003-100; DeSacia, aye, Herrmann, aye, Mahaney nay, Mullen aye, Pratt nay. Motion passed.
Motion by Councilor Mahaney and seconded by Councilor Pratt to adjourn the meeting of the Oswego Town Board at 7:50 PM. All ayes motion carried.
Theresa A. Cooper, RMC
Oswego Town Clerk