March 8, 2004
Town Board Minutes
Oswego Town Hall
Supervisor: Victoria M. Mullen
Town Board Members: Tim DeSacia, Margaret Mahaney,
Carol Pritchard, Greg Herrmann
meeting of the Oswego Town Board was held on March 8, 2004 at the Oswego
Town Hall. Supervisor Mullen called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with
the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members
Monthly money to supervisor Pd 3/3/04 $470.26 total for month $629.59
2/17/04 $187,000.00 Pd to supervisor for Fire district from tax account
3/8/04 $104,794.09 Pd to County Treasurer
1st Historical Society meeting this year on March 16, 6 PM at town hall
Second notices for tax collection will be mailed Thursday, March 11th
Last day to collect taxes March 31, 2004
Re-numbered in abstract 2 vouchers 1,2,3 have been re-numbered to 56-58 in HA account
Total tax money collected to date $2,224,932.45
Supervisor's Report: Mrs. Pritchard and I had the privilege of attending the NY State association of towns annual meeting and training school in February. Many subjects were covered at the conference. If anyone would like to review the resolutions that will be sent to the state legislature from the 900 towns present, please ask and I will make copies for you.
One guest speaker was the State Comptroller, Alan Hevesi. He had nothing but bad news. He did present it in a very straightforward way, never tried to sugar coat anything. He spoke at length on the reasons for the state retirement problems, and what the towns, are facing. . The New York State retirement system is going through great turmoil right now. The town had to face a 27 thousand-dollar retirement bill for 2003, and we handled that. This year’s bill is projected to be $66,000 in December, when it was $0 just a couple of years ago. During the town budget process last fall we were getting conflicting numbers from the state about our bill for 2004. We analyzed what funds we expected to have left after the 2003 books were to be closed. We decided to wait to project our town retirement numbers until they became clearer, and they did in February. There still is a possibility that the retirement bill for Dec 2004 may be deferred until Feb. 2005, but we thought it wise to move the appropriate monies into the appropriate accounts at this time. Our Dec 2005 retirement will be a greater challenge to the town and we are currently considering our options.
To be proactive and prepare for our needs we are going to open an account for Highway equipment this account is called a “type” account since it is not for any specific piece of highway equipment. The funds that were left in the Highway budget this year will be moved into this account, I believe the figure we concurred on was 60 thousand dollars to start this reserve. You may ask why there was so much left in Highway, the reason is FEMA’s reimbursement for the April ice storm.
Since no payment was needed for our highway garage in 2003 we are rolling the amount into this year’s budget with a modification tonight. The budget modifications are on tonight’s agenda.
We are gathering information of whether it would be feasible to move our town court into the new fire station addition.
Mrs. Cooper has been in contact with the National Grange about the community center, and will get that information out to us as soon as it comes in.
The declaration of snow emergency by the Federal government has been, made. The declaration was made on March 3, 2004 and is Federal Disaster #3195. The incident period is January 28 - January 31. FEMA will reimburse for a continuous 48-hour period within the incident period only. Mr. Carter will attend the meeting, and pick up our information and application. He keeps excellent records and I am sure the town will get all that we are eligible for.
The planning board is rethinking the land use map for the comprehensive plan and should have something for the board in April. We will need to have an agreement with the county for their assistance in drawing up the map.
Public Comment: Mr. Fran Dellamano, planning board member presented a map that the planning board have come up with for the comprehensive plan. He suggested that Attorney Stephen Greene Jr. review the definitions for the comprehensive plan, which were missing from the plan. He felt the County should re-do the map presented to the town board tonight and then have a public hearing on this new comprehensive map.
Resolution 2004- 29 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the February 9, 2004 town board meeting. Moved by Councilor Mahaney and seconded by Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2004- 30 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 3.
Resolution 2004- 31 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the use of the Southwest Community Center, and one voting machine for the upcoming school district election on May 18, 2004. Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2004- 32 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board acknowledges the Oswego Town Seniors Trip to Bushkill, Pa, Beck’s Grove, and Albion, NY. Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2004- 33 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board acknowledges the Town Clerk’s trip to the annual town clerk’s conference in April to Saratoga Springs, NY Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2004- 34 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board makes the following budget modifications;
Increase A9018.8 (general fund-state retirement) from A599 (general fund appropriated fund balance) in the amount of $14, 500.00
Increase DA9018.8 (highway fund-state retirement from A599 (highway fund appropriated fund balance) in the amount of $49,000
Increase A9730.6 (town garage BAN-ban principal) from A599 (general fund appropriated fund balance) in the amount of $ 30,000
Increase A9730.7 (town garage BAN-ban interest) from A599 (general fund appropriated fund balance) in the amount of $13,000
Increase A1920.4 (municipal association dues) from A1990.4 (contingent account) in the amount of $75.00
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2004- 35 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board opens a highway reserve account called “type” account. This account is for highway equipment. Moved by Councilor Pritchard, seconded by Supervisor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2004- 36 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board holds the April town board meeting on April 5, 2004 at 7:00 PM at the Oswego Town Hall. Moved by Supervisor Mullen and seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2004- 37 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board holds a public hearing on April 5, 2004 at 7:05 PM to hear all interested parties for or against Proposed Local Law 2004-1 which would update the 1984 Ordinance of the Town of Oswego, NY for administration and enforcement of the NYS Uniform Fire Prevention & Building Code.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia and seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2004- 38 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board appoints John Knopp assistant cemetery superintendent, term to expire 12/31/04. Moved by Councilor DeSacia, seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Motion by Councilor Mahaney and seconded by Councilor Pritchard to adjourn the regular meeting of the Oswego Town Board at 7:30 PM. All ayes motion carried.
Theresa A. Cooper, RMC
Oswego Town Clerk