January 9, 2006
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 January 9, 2006 at 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's Report: As we begin a new year, we find ourselves assessing the needs of our town. We have made much progress over the last four years, updating our falling down buildings. The new Municipal Building we sit in now, our new Highway Garage, and the Justice Center, represent a huge investment in our infrastructure and our future. We need to be diligent in the maintenance of these facilities to protect the tax payer’s investment.
We are not immune from the problems facing the city, county and school district; we also face the huge increases in fuel prices, utilities, health insurance and retirement, the town we will also be burdened with the loss of revenue at the end of the Metropolitan Water Board PIOLT agreement in 6 years. We will have to continue to do more with less. Without downsizing but by utilizing all of our employees to the utmost we can protect our infrastructure, our taxpayers and our employees.
It is my feeling that the merging of our HW dept into a DPW may help us attain these goals by limiting private contractors., this is just one option for maintaining our town properties.
Now that we have our infrastructure taken care of it is time to turn to other issues that face the town. Our committee to revamp Zoning hit a snag when the county planning director relocated. I will meet with the committee to see where we are, and how to proceed.
As I was out knocking on doors over the summer and fall, I was pleased that there were not many complaints about the town. The one that did pop up a few times was that properties that need to be cleaned up. This is something that we will be working on.
We have signed a purchase agreement on the sale of the community center; if all goes well this building will be on the tax rolls in the near future. The buyer plans to open an antique shop in the old building.
The board has been approached by a forester; it seems we have some valuable old trees on top of the hill at the Highway complex. . There are 59 old trees can be sold. We are looking to sell the old trees and reclaim the property on top of the hill. Mr. DeSacia inspected the property with the logger and can answer questions on this matter.
My Clerk Mrs. Peacock is going out on maternity leave in March; I will start looking for a temporary replacement.
Our books have been closed and will be sent to our auditor on Wednesday, The town side came in slightly under budget and due to unforeseen truck repairs the HW dept came in 13 thousand dollars over their budget. A transfer from the Highway un-appropriated fund balance will be made tonight.
I have asked Mr. Carter to start the process of getting state bid prices on a new HW plow for next season
Public Comment: The status of the Jim Hull property was brought up. What is being done and could the board see that the building inspector follows through with this issue.
Resolution 2006-17 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the January 5, 2006 town board meeting.
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, second Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2006-18 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board authorizes the following budget modifications to the 2005 highway budget.
From DA599 (un-appropriated fund balance) to DA 5142.1 (personal service) in the amount of $8092.01
From DA599 (un-appropriated fund balance) to DA 5110.4 (personal services contractual) in the amount of $4906.12.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2006-19 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on Abstract 1.
Resolution 2006-20 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board directs Wayne Newton to attend building inspector 24 hour in-service February 7-10, 2006. Oswego Town will pay 1/3 of this schooling.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2006-21 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board directs the Supervisor to sign the tech check service agreement with Koester Associates Inc. for Ontario Heights Pumping Station.
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2006-22 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board directs the supervisor to order a Sharp ARM 275 digital copier from Craig R. Gilbert Co. in the amount of $1495.00.
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, second Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2006-23 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board appoints Joseph Oleyourryk and Catherine Mears to the Code of Ethics Board. Term to expire December 31, 2006.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2006-24 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board lowers the real property tax assessment for Ronald & Marie Schadt from $446,000.00 to $387,500.00 tax map number 164.02-02-05.2. See attachment A.
Whereas, Ronald Schadt and Marie Schadt have made application to the New York State Supreme Court in and for Oswego County for a reduction of their real property assessment to $275,000.00 from the current real property assessment of $446,000.000; and
Whereas, a Preliminary Hearing was held on December 13, 2005, before Hon. John J. Elliott, A.J.S.C., at which Preliminary Hearing the Schadts, by and through their attorney, James K. Eby, Esq., proposed the settlement of this matter upon certain terms and conditions, which terms and conditions have been submitted to, reviewed by Hon. Victoria Mullen and the Oswego Town Board; and
Whereas, the Oswego Town Board, has consulted with Stephen C. Greene, Jr., Esq. and has made due inquiry to the Town Assessor Richard Hogan and the Town Board having conducted an investigation of the anticipated costs of continuing the litigation as opposed to securing a prompt resolution of the matter on reasonable terms with only a limited reduction in tax revenue to the Town;
Now, Therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the assessment upon the Schadt premises located at 2450-2456 County Route 7, Oswego, New York, Tax Map Number 164.02-02-05.2, shall, following the Town’s receipt of a good and collectible check made payable to the Town of Oswego in the sum of $2,000.00 from Ronald Schadt and Marie Schadt, which check is intended to offset the funds the Town has previously expended for an appraisal of said premises, which cost was necessarily incurred in the defense of this action, reduce said premises’ real property assessment to $387,500.00 for the years 2003-2009, and cause a Town reimbursement check to issue, made payable to Ronald Schadt and Marie Schadt, for pro-rata share of the Town Tax imposed upon the owners of the subject premises’ for the years 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 based upon the reduction in assessed value from $446,000.00 to $387,500.00.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2006-25 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board opens the public hearing at 7:15 PM on Proposed Local Law 2006-1. A law to merge the existing highway department to a department of public works.
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Those residents asking questions were: David White, Leon Carter, Cheryl Irwin, Robert Malone Jr., Doug Malone, Mark Wilcox, Darlene Galvin, Bill Pritchard. The questions were why did we need this DPW, are the current highway workers qualified to do maintenance work, how many DPW’s are in the area, is there a legal cost to change to a DPW, is there a cost, and would current highway charge more to do this work? Do we need a building and grounds or DPW? Supervisor Mullen stated this was just to get feed back from the public to see what they thought about a DPW.
Resolution 2006-26 Motion by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia to close the public hearing on Proposed Local Law 2006-1 at 7:40 PM. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2006-27 Motion by Supervisor Mullen second Councilor Herrmann to add an item to the agenda. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2006-28 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board accepts the report from building inspector Wayne Newton on the Hull property and to proceed accordingly.
Motion by Councilor Herrmann, second Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.
Motion by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Pritchard to close the meeting at 7:45 PM. All ayes motion carried.
Theresa A. Cooper, RMC
Oswego Town Clerk