October 6, 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 October
6, 2003 at the Southwest Community Center at 7:00 PM. Roll call was taken
with the following members present:
The public hearing originally scheduled for this evening will be rescheduled for November 10th at 6:55 p.m. here at the Southwest Community Center.
The town highway garage is proceeding on schedule.
I am in receipt of a check in the amount of $79,138.35 from FEMA for reimbursement of costs associated with the April ice storm. I would like to once again thank Mr. Carter for his excellent record keeping which allowed us to get our paper work in to the state so quickly.
I attended the Governor’s Conference on Small Cities in Albany. I came away with new ideas to explore on financing projects that the town needs.
Recently a red oak tree was planted in the Town Park. I would like to thank Entergy, Oswego County Soil & Water, the community and town officials that came out for the event.
My tentative budget for 2004 has been submitted to the Town Board.
This year again we are faced with increased expenses for our employee health insurance. Also our liability insurance has gone up. I am getting quotes from different insurance companies to try and lower the costs. Our state retirement contributions will be going up by about 12 % due to state management of New York State retirement funds. Our utility costs have also been going up. I am checking into alternative power suppliers to see if we can save money.
My budget officer and I have faced some tough decisions for 2004. We have included no raises for elected officials this year. We have cut just about every contractual line in the budget and once again are asking for people to hold the line on spending and to do more with less. We have managed to hold the line on town and highway taxes next year thanks to the cooperation of our town officials.
Again this year we are including a payment for our new highway garage, which should open this fall. This budget is based on maintaining our current contract with the County of Oswego for plowing their roads in the town. I recently attended a very good forum with interested county legislators, supervisors, highway superintendents, our county administrator, and mayors from the county. The town has continued to charge the same rate to the county for the past ten years for the use of our snow equipment. And we will need to at least maintain that rate to keep our budget to a “0” increase in our taxes. Hopefully we will be able to finalize this part of our budget within the next six weeks.
Overall, while the town is facing increased budget pressures we have found ways to keep our local taxes stable.
Public Comment: Was the FEMA check what the town expected? Questions were asked about the comprehensive map and the zoning map.
Old Business: Reschedule public hearing.
Resolution 2003-108 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board schedules a public hearing on November 10, 2003 at 6:55 PM at the Southwest Community Center, 7708 St. Rt. 104 to hear all interested parties for or against the proposed changes regarding the land use map, that completes the comprehensive plan. Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2003-109 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the September 8th regular meeting and September 29th special town board meeting. Moved by Councilor Herrmann and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2003-110 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 10.
Resolution 2003-111 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board appoints Barry Pritchard to serve as planning board member, term to expire 2/2008. Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Pratt. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2003-112 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board awards C&G Video the bid on the fire alarm system for the new town highway garage, in the amount of $2,303.20 and $18.60 per month to monitor the system. Moved by Councilor Herrmann and seconded by Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2003-113 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the following budget modifications: Approved (with three or more board members’ signatures)
• From Contingent Account (A1990.4) to Municipal Associated Dues (A1920.4) in the amount of $150.00 because the account is depleted.
• From Contingent Account (A1990.4) to Cemeteries – Contractual (A8810.4) in the amount of $755.26 because the account is depleted.
• From Appropriated Fund Balance (A599) to Cemeteries – Personal Services (A8810.1) in the amount of $4,364.23 because the account is depleted.
Budget Modifications as follows:
• From Contingent Account (A1990.4) to Cemeteries – Contractual (A8810.4) in the amount of $220.00 because the account is depleted.
• From Zoning Contractual (A8010.4) to Planning Contractual (A8020.4) in the amount of $375.00 because the account is depleted.
• From Contingent Account (A1990.4) to Cemeteries – Contractual (A8810.4) in the amount of $1,826.30 because the account is depleted.
• From General Repairs – Contractual (DA5110.4) to Machinery – Equipment (DA5130.2) in the amount of $3,210.84 because the account is depleted.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia and seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Motion by Councilor Mahaney and seconded by Councilor Pratt to close the regular meeting of the Oswego Town Board at 7:25 PM. Budget workshop to follow.
Theresa A. Cooper, RMC
Oswego Town Clerk