November 6, 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.
The meeting of the Oswego Town Board was held on November 6, 2006 at the town hall.

Supervisor Mullen opened the meeting at 7:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following member’s present:
Supervisor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Victoria Mullen
Tim DeSacia
Greg Herrmann
Margaret Mahaney
Carol Pritchard
Attorney to the Board Stephen C. Greene, excused
Town Clerk’s Report: The October fees paid to the Supervisor were $1496.44, total for the month $2636.35. Exercise class at town hall starts November 9, 2006 at 5 PM, classes to run twice a week for 5 weeks. The Oswego Town Historical Society will host a Veteran’s Day Program at 10:30 am at town hall with Fred Lockwood as the guest speaker.

Resolution 2006-112 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board opens the public hearing at 7:05 PM to hear all interested parties for or against the 2007 preliminary budget.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, Second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Public Comment on budget: Leon Carter asked about his line item not getting a raise. Budget Officer Rick Hogan stated there would be no tax increase.

Resolution 2006-113 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board closes the public hearing on the preliminary budget at 7:10 PM.
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, second Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

Supervisor's Report: I am very pleased with the progress we have made this year; again we have held the towns tax levy stable. We have completed our town structures and upgraded our highway equipment. We have a healthy fund balance for rainy days and we have never used our surplus to balance a budget.

I would like to thank my budget officer Mr. Hogan for his constant monitoring of my budget. He and I are always looking for ways to cut the cost of doing business while keeping the quality of service up for our residents. Increased revenues from the county hike in the sales tax have benefited our residents; we have allocated the increased sales tax revenue towards keeping the tax rate stable and property taxes low. I believe county legislators expected the increase to be used to keep our property tax down. Our total appropriations for 2007 will be $1,448,330.00. We again have been conservative with our revenue estimate at $960,807.00. The total for both highway and town to be raised by taxes is $487,524.00, the same levy as in ’06.

Our projected tax rate for ‘07 will be $.43 per thousand for the town side of the ledger and $2.24 per thousand for the highway side.

I will remind the board, and the public that in only 8 more years we are going to lose the revenue from the Metropolitan Water Board, and we will need to increase our revenue, or cut spending to make up for that. I ask department heads to keep that in mind as they make plans for the future.

I am in receipt of good news; Assemblyman Oaks has secured a $12,500.00 grant for the Town of Oswego. It is for the generator we installed during the building of the town hall. Thank you to Assemblyman Oaks.

We have contacted the Red Cross to designate the town hall for an emergency shelter during a disaster, such as the Ice Storm of ‘03. Thank you to Councilor Herrmann for handling that. The town is NIMS compliant. I have gone though all the National Incident Management Training, as well as Councilor Herrmann, and our fire dept. We are making sure our residents are cared for during a disaster, we are being proactive and not reactive.

The town will hold an evening with Santa, tentatively on Dec 7th at 6:30 PM here at the town hall, Santa will be arriving with the help of his ELF Mr. Herrmann.

We had 2 complaints for dog control in October. We issued 5 building permits, and had 14 inspections. We sold -1 Cemetery lot and had 4 burials in October. The cemetery is now closed for the season.

We continue to have good analysis reports for Sleepy Hollow Sewage Treatment and they are still working in their permitted range for their SPEDES permit.

Our state aid for STAR administration is $1,737.24, which pays our clerk.

I would like to thank our zoning and planning board members for coming out tonight to hear a presentation from Mr. Jeff Smetana, from United Development.

Resolution 2006-114 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the October 9 & 16, 2006 town board meetings.
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, second Councilor Mahaney. all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2006-115 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the following budget modifications:
A1990.4 (contingent) to A1910.4 (unallocated Insurance) for $665.81 (new snow plow insurance)
A1990.4 (contingent) to A8810.4 (cemetery contractual) for $466.38 (overspent- due to new dump cart)
A1990.4 (contingent) to A1110.4 (contractual Jung) for $1856.21
A1990.4 (contingent) to A1110.41 (contractual Sterio) for $165.48
(grant money coming to cover these items)
DA5110.4 (highway general repairs) to DA5130.2 (highway machinery- equipment) for $863.25 (over spent unexpected repairs)
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, second Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2006-116 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on Abstract 11.
General Fund
Highway Fund
Franklin/Baylis Lighting
Edgebrook Lighting
Sleepy Hollow Sewer District
Ontario Heights Sewer District
$19,637.82
$ 9886.70
$ 108.73
$ 64.96
$ 841.21
$ 180.54
v 350-384
v 158-171

v 55

v 55

v 52-54

v 51
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2006-117 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board grants permission to the Oswego Town Historical Society to use the town hall for meetings and functions.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2006-118 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board sets the end of the year meeting on December 27, 2006 at 6:30 pm.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2006-119 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board appoints Karen Breen to the Board of Appeals term to expire 2/2011, Lee Phillips to the Planning Board term to expire 2013, Gregory Auleta to the Zoning Board term to expire 2/2011.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2006-120 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board adopts the 2007 town budget. Moved by Councilor Pritchard, second Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2006-121 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board moves into executive session at 7:25 to discuss pending litigation.
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, second Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2006-122 Motion by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Pritchard to resume the regular meeting at 7:40 PM
November 6, 2006

Public Comment: Mr. Jeffrey R. Smetana from development United Group came to discuss a 100 unit student housing project on land located on County Route 7 in Oswego Town.

Questions were asked by members of the town zoning and planning members present as well as Attorney Kevin Caraccioli. Mr. Smetana explained this project and showed those present architect renditions of other projects his company has done. Questions from the group included what about student control, will they be for families, is the college supporting this project, would there be a coffee shop area in the building, bus stop and access road, parking for all students, cost of living there, snow removal, sprinkler systems, elevators, will these units be more like a dorm or apartment? Will the units be rented out in the summer time for events like Harborfest, will they be co-ed? Mr. Smetana would like to have a public hearing for this project in December or January.

Motion by Councilor Pritchard, second by Councilor Mahaney to close the meeting at 8:40 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper, CMC
Oswego Town Clerk
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