February 12, 2007
Town Board Minutes & Workshop
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 February 12, 2007 at town hall. Supervisor
Mullen opened the workshop meeting at 6:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll call was taken with the following members present:
Resolution 2007-20 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board accepts the decision and order issued pursuant to the authority set forth in Local Law 1-1993 in the Matter of James Hull.
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, second Supervisor Mullen. All ayes motion carried.
Recess was called at 6:15 PM.
The regular meeting was reconvened at 7:00 PM by Supervisor Mullen.
Town Clerk's Report: The total fees received for January were $707.14, with $557.92 paid to the supervisor. To date $1,946,058.54 was collected in taxes, with an outstanding balance of $768,452.33. I will be attending the annual NYS Town Clerk’s conference in Rochester April 19, to May 2, 2007.
Resolution 2007-21 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board opens the public hearing at 7:05 PM to hear all interested parties for or against the amendments to proposed Town Law 1-2007, “The Dog Control Law”. Motion by Councilor Pritchard, second Councilor DeSacia.
All ayes motion carried
Public Comment: Resident Olin Pritchard did not see many changes and asked where the changes were. Those changes were read by the town clerk.
Resolution 2007-22 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board closes the public hearing at 7:09 PM for proposed Town Law 1-2007 The Dog Control Law.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Supervisor’s Report: Our books are closed and the report has been filed with the state comptroller.
We did very well this year; we have a healthy fund balance, and a highway reserve. This board has never used any of our surpluses to balance our budgets; we have been able to hold the line on town taxes for the last 6 years and only a slight increase in HW tax a few years ago. I am very pleased at how everyone in this town’s government has rolled up their sleeves to find unnecessary spending and do more with less.
Mr. Hogan and I keep a very close eye on spending and will continue to do so.
I will remind the board again this year that in 8 years the PILOT with Metropolitan Water Board will expire and the town will lose that revenue.
I hope to be successful in paying off our Highway garage in the next 8 years, and then the funds that are budgeted in our capital projects line should help offset the loss in Revenue from the PILOT.
My philosophy is not to tax residents unless it is absolutely necessary. I do not believe in taxing residents to build a bigger surplus.
The old community center was sold, the new owners are working to reclaim the center without losing the charm of the building and soon it will be a thriving antique shop, back on the tax rolls and good for the town.
We were able to buy a new snow plow, and pay for it, and it is a very good thing we did after last weeks powerful lake effect storms. A gentle reminder to have the right equipment for the job!
I would like to say thank you to Mr. Wilcox, our deputy HW superintendent, as well as his department; Frank Ferguson, Lynn Copper, Shawn Regan, Robert Izyk, Robbie Malone, Darlene Galvin, and Larry Boardway. These individuals worked day and night to keep the towns roads safe for travel and we all are grateful.
The committee that has been working to revamp our Zoning for the last few years is still meeting; and I am hopeful that they will present their plans in the very near future.
Mrs. Pritchard completed Audits of the town courts and the town clerks office. She found both to be in good shape and had a few recommendations that should be implemented.
Our new town hall has become a gathering place for residents; Our Historical society and recreation committee has held wonderful events here and we hope they continue in the future.
Our new town hall is designated a Red Cross Shelter in case of emergency.
Mr. Herrmann and I have gone through Incident Management training through FEMA and we will be setting up the same training for our Highway Department.
I would like to mention our Cemetery Crew, we have gotten many compliments on the condition of the cemetery, I believe a reason for the many sales we had this past year is because of the work done by Mr. Knopp and his crew.
The SPEDS permit for Sleepy Hollow is coming up for renewal; I am working with G&G wastewater, our sewer tenders, to file the appropriate permits with the DEC.
I will be sending out a letter to the residents of Sleepy Hollow sewer district letting them know about the preventive maintenance that needs to be done on their system and to remind them what the system can handle.
Assemblyman Robert Oaks will be here at town hall on Thursday for a meet and greet at 6:00 pm. I hope you will attend and thank him for his efforts in securing the Grant for our emergency generator.
The Town of Oswego is growing, and we expect much more development. We will be careful that as we grow we do not detract from the qualities that make our town a wonderful place to live; while maintaining our high level of services, and low tax rates.
The care and maintenance of our town facilities is no longer a little part time position. We need a superintendent of buildings and grounds, but I believe the most cost effective solution would be adding these duties to the HW superintendent’s position. This is something I will work on to present the town board over the next few months.
Much has been accomplished in the town the last five years, though each individual on the town board has strong opinions we all agree that our purpose is to do the best job we can for the town of Oswego.
I will be a delegate at the New York State Association of Towns annual meeting and training school next week. Mr. DeSacia will be in charge.
Public Comment: Two of our town residents who work for the city ambulance department had comments regarding the upcoming ambulance contract and offered their concerns on level of care, response time from any other ambulance service to the town.
Resolution 2007-23 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the January 9, 2007 town board meeting.
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, second Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2007-24 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract #2.
Resolution 2007-25 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board directs the supervisor to sign the service agreement with Koester Associates, Inc. for the operational inspection, testing, training, troubleshooting, repairs and spare parts for Ontario Heights Sewer District Pumping Station at a total cost of $2,712.00.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2007-26 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board appoints, Catherine K. Mears, JoEllen Smith and Joseph Oleyourryk to the Board of Ethics for the Town of Oswego, term to expire December 31, 2007.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second, Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2007-27 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board acknowledges the Senior Citizens trip to Beck’s Grove on March 14, 2007.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2007-28 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board directs the supervisor to sign the renewal with Penn Power Maintenance for the generator at Ontario Heights pumping station, for the yearly fee of $720.00.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2007-29 Motion by Supervisor Mullen second by Councilor DeSacia to add an item to the agenda. All ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2007-30 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board adopts Local Law 1-2007 the Dog Control Law amending Local Law 1-2003 the Dog Control Law.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.
Motion by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Pritchard to close the town board meeting at 7:35 PM. All ayes motion carried.
Theresa A. Cooper CMC/RMC
Oswego Town Clerk