May 9, 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.
The meeting of the Oswego Town Board was held on May 9, 2005 at the Oswego Town Hall. Supervisor Mullen opened the meeting at 7:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members present:
Supervisor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Attorney to the Board
Victoria Mullen
Tim DeSacia

Greg Herrmann

Margaret Mahaney

Carol Pritchard
Stephen C. Greene
Town Clerk's Report: For the month of April fees collected and paid to the Supervisor were $1,212.25, total for month $1,572.20. The Historical Society will have their annual Memorial Day Service, May 29th at the Rural Cemetery.

Supervisor's Report: You may have noticed that the old highway garage has been demolished and hauled away, If not go out and take a look. I was successful in my plea to have the tipping fees forgiven for the debris generated from our demolishing of the building. The town saved 2010 dollars. A personal Thank you to Legislators Fran Hoefer, Doug Malone and Russ Johnson for their support in my efforts to get this savings for our taxpayers.

I have contacted our insurance carrier and made sure our coverage no longer included the garage and our bill will reflect that.

The town continues to make progress on replacing our dilapidated infrastructure. Awards were made at the April 25th special board meeting to the following contractors for the building of the new town hall
General Contractor, Bouley Associates, Inc. Auburn, $477,700 additive bid $14,500.
Electrical Contractor, MEC Electric, Inc. Oswego Town ,$48,000.00, additive $650.00
Mechanical Contractor, HMI Mechanical Systems, Inc. Lyons, $136,900.00
Sprinkler Contractor, Davis-Ulmer Sprinkler Co. Inc. Liverpool, $40.070
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We have decided to re-bid the plumbing for the project because of confusion on the water hook up. Bids should be lower since OCWA will put in the 6-inch line for our sprinkler system, I am in negotiations with OCWA to have the service for our sprinkler system installed at reduced fee or hopefully waived. I assure you I will get the best deal I can!

On tonight’s agenda there is a resolution to add to our building permit fees. NY State building code has changed to reflect buildings with truss construction. Buildings with truss construction have to be clearly marked. You may all remember the firefighter who died last year in a fire when the floor caved in. These markings will alert emergency personnel of this dangerous condition. The code enforcement officer will make the determination when reviewing the plans if a building needs the warning.

Last fall the town was alerted that the city was looking to raise ambulance contract fees upward to 50 thousand dollars a year. The town paid ten thousand dollars to the city for ambulance service, and guaranteed payment on all unpaid ambulance bills. Officials from Minetto, Scriba and Oswego Town met with the city in the fall. We were not pleased with this increase, and Oswego Town decided to look elsewhere for service. During our investigation we learned that there was a very good company who would like to expand into our town, and they made us an offer. I called the city officials and opened talks with them to keep our town. On tonight’s city council agenda there is a resolution to give the same deal to the town that the private ambulance service offered.

That is, we no longer pay or try to collect unpaid ambulance bills, and we do not pay for the service. Only the people who use the service pay for the service. Over the last three years the town paid over 50 thousand dollars to the city and that will no longer happen. I had the supervisor from the town of Scriba and two councilors from Minetto okay to try and get them the same deal. Thankfully the city councilors felt that all the towns should be treated the same. A special thank you to Board member Greg Herrmann who has worked with me on this project for the last several months, he is a great researcher!

Our Highway superintendent alerted me to some winter damage to our highway garage and salt storage shed. I have contracted our insurance company and will seek estimates for repairing the damages. Also on tonight’s agenda the town will sign an agreement with the highway superintendent for spending of highway monies. Mr. Carter would like to make repairs to Broadview, Crestwood, Brown, Seven Pines, Morgan Manor, Edwards Circle, Ridge Road and Wall Street roads.

In January a committee was set up and charged with the formulation and revising our land use ordinance and our zoning map, to go along with the comprehensive plan and will present their suggestions to the town at a public hearing in November. On tonight’s agenda the board will direct me the sign an agreement with the county for their technical assistance.

The YMCA will host the Tour de Loop bicycle race Saturday August 20th. The town is in support of this event and happy to see it resume after a three-year hiatus that was due to the lack of financial sponsorship and constructions on the course.

The Oswego Alliance Church has made a request to the town board to add a crosswalk; on Thompson road, which is town property, from their old church to the new church across the road. The church would pay for the signs, posts and extensions. They ask only that our highway superintendent place the signs.

The Generator at Ontario Heights is being maintained by Penn Central and has been serviced, it s in good working order, also the Pump house is maintained by Koestner pumps and is also in good working order.

Sleepy Hollow Sewer District continues to have the correct chemistry numbers dictated by their SPEDES permit. The flow is still over the limit, and with all the repairs to the system when the SPEDES permit comes up for renewal I will request an increase in flow limits.

The Rural Cemetery is open for the season, we had 4 burials in April and one gravesite was sold in April.

It has become clear that the sand under the equipment in the park is just too hard to maintain. I am looking into changing the safety material under the equipment, Also, I have been in contract with New York State Parks and Recreation, and I am applying for a grant to rehabilitate and make improvements to the park. If we are awarded a grant I would like to put up a pavilion and reinstate a summer program for our children.

For this summer, I am looking into having our children to attend programs at Minetto or Scriba.

The town continues to move in a forward direction, this is made possible by the vision and dedication of the town board. I am thankful for their support and insight.
The school district will be using the town hall for voting on the school budget on May 17th. Noon until 9:00pm.

Public Comment: Questions were raised about the new sign fee for truss construction, who pays for the sign? Historian Justin White asked the board to support the statue/monument gift from the Historical Society of Dr. Mary Walker.

Resolution 2005-46 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the April 11, 2005 board meeting.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, seconded by Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2005-47 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 5.
General Fund
Highway Fund
Sleepy Hollow Sewer Dist.
Ontario Heights Sewer Dist.
$51,806.06
$ 9,089.73
917.21
337.15
v 116-142
v 70-83

v 10-12

v 5
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2005-48 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board signs the highway contract with the Superintendent of Highways.
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, seconded by Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2005-49 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board directs the supervisor to sign an agreement with the Oswego County Planning for the formulation of a revised zoning ordinance and zoning map. Fee not to exceed $4,500.00.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2005-50 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board revises the permit fee schedule. Section 382-a of the executive law provides that commercial and industrial buildings and structures that utilize truss type construction shall be marked by a sign or symbol that informs persons conducting fire control and other emergency operations of the existence of truss construction. The owner of a building shall pay a fee of $50.00 (fifty dollars) with truss type construction to the Town of Oswego for enforcement of Section 328-a prior to the issuance of a building permit.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2005-51 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board acknowledges the YMCA’s Tour de Loop, Saturday August 20th.
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, seconded by Supervisor Mullen, All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2005-52 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board creates the position of Clerk of the Works for the Oswego Town Hall Project, salary based on experience.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, seconded by Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2005-53 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board accepts from the Oswego Town Historical Society a statue/monument of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker to be placed at the new town hall in 2006.
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, seconded by Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2005-54 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board adds an agenda item.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, seconded by Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2005-55 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes the issuance of Bond Anticipation notes of the Town of Oswego, NY, in the amount of $700,000.00 for the purpose of paying the cost of constructing a new town hall facility, with offices for the Town Clerk, Assessor, Supervisor, Bookkeeper, Code Enforcement, Cemetery and staff and town hall meeting room. See attached complete BAN.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, seconded by Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.

Motion by Councilor Mahaney, seconded by Councilor Pritchard to close the town board meeting at 7:16 PM. All ayes motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper, RMC
Oswego Town Clerk
attachment: BAN
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