May 12 , 2003
Town Board Minutes

Oswego Town Council Community Center

Supervisor: Victoria M. Mullen
Town Board Members: Tim DeSacia, Margaret Mahaney,
Richard Pratt, Greg Herrmann
The meeting of the Oswego Town Board was called to order by Supervisor Victoria Mullen at 6:45 PM. Roll call was taken and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Those present:
Supervisor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Attorney to the Board
Victoria Mullen
Tim DeSacia
Greg Herrmann
Margaret Mahaney
Richard Pratt
Stephen C. Greene
Public Hearing:

Resolution 2003- 54
Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board open the public hearing at 6:45 PM to hear all interested parties for or against Proposed Local Law 2003-1, “The Dog Control Law” dated 12/1/1986. Attachment A
Moved by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

NO COMMENT FROM THE PUBLIC

Resolution 2003- 55
Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board closed the public hearing at 6:47 PM on Proposed Local Law 2003-1, “The Dog Control Law” dated 12/1/1986. Moved by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Supervisor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.

Town Clerk’s Report: Monthly income for April paid to the Supervisor was $1114.99, total $1241.10. The Historical Society will have its annual Memorial Day Service on May 25th at 1:00 PM in the Rural Cemetery. Please plan to attend. At the NYSTCA conference I attended in April the DEC hopes to have the sale of licenses go smoother than last year, opening day of sales is August 18th. New to dog licensing, a $5.00 fee is added to the cost of licensing a dog for the owner, who during an enumeration has an unlicensed dog. This fee is state mandated and the fee stays in the town to off set the cost of enumeration.

Supervisor's Report: the town has been split into 6 voting districts and we are in the process of setting up new polling sites for our residents. Questions as to what district your are in and where you vote will be answered by the board of elections, they will send out the information to registered voters with the changes. The ice storm hit the Town of Oswego very hard. Our emergency response was excellent. Our highway department and Fire department worked around the clock to make sure our residents were safe and their needs were taken care of. All our paper work was in the Monday after the ice storm and we are now waiting for FEMA to declare the area a disaster, and hopefully we will get some federal money to offset the cost of this huge storm. If we don’t we will have to pay for it ourselves. We will be having a pre construction meeting for the highway garage tomorrow at town hall at 3:45 PM. If everything is in order the town will sign the construction contracts and we will be starting the garage this month. The board looked at the idea of hiring a clerk of the works for the project but we have decided since I was able to negotiate Tom Arctander’s fees down we will be using him to finish the project.

As you may have been reading, the costs of liability, and HEALTH insurance and property insurance have risen. The town will be getting quotes from other carriers to see if we can get the cost to the taxpayers down for insurance’s. My budget officer and I will be starting the budget process next month, and reminders will be sent to department heads that they must stay within their budget, there will be NO overspending. Sleepy Hollow will have new pumps installed by Koestner on May 20, 2003. The wet wells will need to be shut down and cleaned out for this operation. G&G wastewater has been working with Koester to set this switch up. I was able to negotiate with Koester to get a rebate of the pumps that were installed in 2001, and have them taken back, cleaned up and resold, crediting the sewer district for that amount.

NYS rural water did dye testing for the homes that Barton and Lodgudice sited as having connections to the sanitary sewers, with roof vents, perimeter drains and sump pumps. Bids for the rehabilitation of the manholes and sewers will be going out the week of May 29th. I again had to ask the DEC for more time on the consent order because of the harsh winter and spring ice storm. They did not say no…but I have not gotten a formal letter of acceptance on this so we will keep moving at the schedule they have set for this project.

The cemetery was hard hit by the ice storm, however Mr. Reeves has things under control and we need again to thank our highway for helping with equipment for the cemetery crew.

Contracting out or code and zoning seems to be working well. The town has issued many building permits, 15 this past month. The public is able to have questions and complaints answered in a timely manner with set hours for our officer and a toll free number. Of course with any thing new and different there will always be things that need to be tweaked, Mrs. Cooper is working with our code office to improve our service to the people. There will be a meeting between zoning, planning and town board on our land use map on Wednesday May 28th at the Southwest Community Center.

Resolution 2003- 56 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board opens the public hearing at 7:05 PM to hear all interested parties for or against Proposed Local Law 2003-2 “A local law to allow enrolled volunteer firefighters and Volunteer ambulance workers to be eligible for real property tax reduction. Attachment B. Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Pratt.

All ayes motion carried.

NO COMMENT FROM THE PUBLIC

Resolution 2003- 57
Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board closes the public hearing on Proposed Local Law 2003-1 at 7:07 PM “a local law to allow enrolled volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers to be eligible for real property tax reduction. Moved by Councilor DeSacia and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

Public Comment:
No public comment.

Resolution 2003- 58 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the April 21, 2003 town board meeting. Moved by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2003- 59 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 5.
General Fund
Highway Fund

Capital Project

Franklin/Baylis Lighting
Edgebrook Lighting
Sleepy Hollow Sewer District

$50,282.35
21,529.67
2,673.05
86.82
51.82
1,440.20

bill 75 pulled
Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Pratt. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2003- 60 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board makes the following budget modifications: from A1990.4 (contingent account) to A1910.4 (unallocated insurance), in the amount of $887.78. Be it further resolved that the Oswego town board on 5/2/03 made an Inter fund transfer from A599 (general fund) to HA 1440.4 (capital projects) in the amount of $2673.05

Moved by Councilor DeSacia and seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2003- 61 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the following polling sites:
District 1
District 2

District 3

District 4

District 5

District 6

Oswego Alliance Church, Thompson Rd
Oswego Town Fire Station, Co. Rt. 20
Southwest Community Center, St. Rt. 104
Southwest Community Center, St Rt.104
Oswego Town Hall, Co. Rt. 7
Oswego Town Hall, Co. Rt. 7
Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2003- 62 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board holds a public hearing on June 9th at 6:55 PM to hear all interested parties for or against amending “Town of Oswego Subdivision Regulations” Section V subdivision standards subtitle Standards for Road Design number 3. Moved by Councilor Pratt and seconded by Supervisor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2003- 63 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board contracts with Tom Arctander, Architect, for the construction phase of the Oswego Town Highway Garage, and sets the limit at $5000.00 for the construction phase. Moved by Councilor DeSacia and seconded by Councilor Pratt. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2003- 64 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves Proposed Local Law 2003-1 “Dog Control Law” Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Pratt. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2003- 65 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves Proposed Local Law 2003-2 “A local law to allow enrolled volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers to be eligible for real property tax reductions. Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. 4 ayes, 1 abstain. DeSacia, Mahaney, Mullen, Pratt aye, Herrmann abstain.

Motion by Councilor Mahaney and seconded by Supervisor Mullen to close the regular meeting of the Oswego Town Board at 7:20 PM. All ayes motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper, RMC
Oswego Town Clerk
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