February 14, 2005
Town Board Minutes
Oswego Town Hall
Supervisor: Victoria M. Mullen
Town Board Members: Tim DeSacia, Greg Herrmann,
Margaret Mahaney, Carol Pritchard
Attorney to the Board: Stephen C. Greene, Sr.
of the Oswego Town Board was held on January 10, 2005 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 present:
Supervisor's Report: The town's 2004 books are closed and filed with the New York State Comptrollers office. The county legislature decision to raise the sale tax one percent last year will enable us to set money aside for UN-funded projects. This one-percent county sales tax increase will be up for renewal this year and we of course cannot count on the increase being permanent. In the late 90's the town used the Highway Surplus to artificially lower taxes, and in the process just about bankrupted the Highway Dept., there was no money for equipment or emergencies in the last few years. So often lately we hear of government bodies using reserves to balance budgets, my administration does not do that. We are planning for the future and we aim to get the Highway department back on the right track. The town board has set up a reserve for Highway Equipment, and for New York State Retirement. Last year and this year we will set up a small reserve for health insurance, and begin a small un-appropriated fund balance. These actions over time will bring the Highway surplus back into compliance with the recommendations of the State Comptroller office.
As for progress on the New Town Hall project, I am in the process of completing a pre application for a low interest loan and or grants available from the USDA Rural Development. I have contacted Congressman McHugh and he has indicated his support and will help in our efforts to secure low interesting funding. Senator Wright is sending NYSERTA, to see if there are any grants available for new construction for energy efficient building. Assemblyman Oaks has also replied to our request and will help in any way he can.
Relative to the Town Hall project you will see on tonight's agenda, we will vote on whether to accept Rowlee Construction's low bid on the demolition and removal of debris from the old highway garage. The county has sent a representative of their recycling facility to see how they may be able to help with the debris. If the town is forgiven any of the tipping fees it will of course be reflected in the payment to Rowlee's.
OCWA will vacate the old Highway garage by April 1st, and we expect to begin demolition by April 4th. OCWA has been a very good tenant and we will miss having both Scot and Pat around. Our Highway superintendent Mr. Carter reports that all the Highway material has been removed from the old garage and he will be taking steps to move the fuel tanks to the highway complex.
Finally, relating to the town hall project on the agenda you will see a time line for the process of bidding.
In other business, if you look around you may notice some new filing systems. The town received a grant of 20 thousand dollars for records management. We thank Mrs. Cooper for her efforts on this front and wish her luck on obtaining other grants for record management. Our Justices also received grants for new equipment in their offices.
Mr. Herrmann has an item on tonight's agenda to purchase a new 2005 Ford F-550 4x4 Cab and Chassis with dump box and plow, we are able to get last years state bid price on this vehicle. This new truck will replace the 1996 vehicle with mounting repair costs.
Finally, Jim Mentor and his son, of Mentor Ambulance service, visited me recently. They are interested in expanding their ambulance service to our town. According to Mr. Mentor, there would be no fee for having an ambulance on stand by. They will also do all the billing and collection of bills. It appears that this could save the taxpayers in the town as much as $20.000 thousand dollars a year. Only the people who use the ambulance service would pay for the service. We will investigate this opportunity and being talks with Mr. Mentor.
I will be a delegate at the NY Association of Towns annual meeting and training school next week, and will be leaving for Australia on March 4th. My Deputy Supervisor Mr. DeSacia will be stepping up for the time I am away. He is always very willing to help in anyway he can, whether I ask him to clean sewage beds with me at Sleepy Hollow, or put up the Christmas tree or just sign checks! I bet he would like to just sign checks!
Public Comment: A town resident commented positively to the town board recommendation to purchase new highway equipment.
Resolution 2005-26 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the January 10, 2005 board meeting.
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, seconded by Councilor Mahaney.
All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2005-27 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes the following budge modifications:
All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2005-28 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 2.
All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2005-29 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board accepts the lowest bid received from Rowlee Construction of $16,864.00 to demolish the old highway garage. Moved by Supervisor Mullen, seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2005-30 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board agrees to hold the Oswego City School District Elections at the Oswego Town Hall, from 12 Noon to 9:00 PM, May 17, 2005. Moved by Councilor Pritchard, seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried
Resolution 2005-31 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board re-appoints Mr. Francis Dellamano to the Planning Board, term to expire 2-2011, and Mr. Greg Mills to the Zoning Board, term to expire 2-2010. Moved by Supervisor Mullen, seconded by Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2005-32 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board awards the mowing contract to Rich Yule, of Rich Lawns for the 2005 season. Moved by Councilor Mahaney, seconded by Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2005-33 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board recognizes the Senior trips to: Auburn, March 17th, Amsterdam, NY , May 18th, Beck’s Grove, July 14th, Skaneateles, Sept. 18th, and Crescent Beach, Rochester, November 30th. Moved by Councilor Mahaney, seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2005-34 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board directs the Town Clerk to file with the County Highway Department a speed reduction request on Rathburn Road between MWB and County Route 25 from 55 MPH to 40 MPH as requested by the area residents. Moved by Supervisor Mullen, seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2005-35 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the following time line for the Town Hall project; March 21st, advertise for bids, April 14th, bids due by 4:00 PM in the Town Clerk’s office, bid opening at 4:05 PM. Special board meeting on April 25th to either award or reject bids. The town board reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Moved by Supervisor Mullen, seconded by Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2005-36 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board appoints the committee of Theresa Cooper, Judy Sabin-Watson, and Greg Mills to work with Oswego County Planning Director Brian Frazier to update the land use ordinance for the Town of Oswego to coincide with the Town of Oswego comprehensive plan. The committee is charges to have recommendations to the town board by October 3, 2005. Moved by Councilor Pritchard, seconded by Supervisor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2005-37 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the purchase of a 2005 Ford F-550 4x4 truck, cab chassis with dump box and plow from Genesee Truck Sales at last year’s state bid price of $44,589,99. Money to come from the highway department equipment reserve fund. Friendly amendment by Supervisor Mullen to change the price to $43,989.00, she spoke with the company and they agreed to lower the price. Moved by Councilor Herrmann, seconded by Supervisor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.
Motion by Councilor Mahaney and seconded by Councilor Pritchard to close the meeting at 7:15 PM. All ayes motion carried.
Theresa A. Cooper, RMC
Oswego Town Clerk