May 14, 2007
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 14, 2007 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: Paid to the Supervisor: April fee’s $526.74 total for month $880.99

Paid to the Supervisor 5/14/07: MM bank Int. for April $1655.87 plus $2.25 overage

Final payment of $795.03 was made to the Treas. on 5/3/07, the town books are closed for 07 tax collection with the Treasurer.

I attended annual town clerk Conference in Rochester: I attended a class on the 2010 census and the presenter stressed the importance of our local government involvement, that the college students should be counted in the town’s census;

In DOH marriage segment; same sex marriage may happen for NYS; only the bride and groom can get a copy of their marriage license, birth certificates can only be given to parents or the child, no one else.

Other classes I attended were on Bob Freeman, workplace etiquette, grammar usage, dog licensing, DEC no changes, venison program very worthwhile, they feed many people if we push the sale of decal; Oath of Office book must be kept with all elected and appointed officials in an Oath book.

Supervisor's Report: I would like to thank our Oswego Town Historical Society for another great event that was held here at town hall. The Reverend Richard Sivers presented some history and conversation about Fruit Valley. I hope more board members can attend these very informative and entertaining events in the future.

On tonight’s agenda there are two resolutions, one to support the efforts of our Fire Department in their quest to obtain a grant from FEMA for an aerial ladder truck. We applaud our fire department for being proactive.

Also tonight the board will be asked to support a resolution to oppose any efforts to eliminate local access to justice by our citizens, and to keep the local presence of the Town court of the Town of Oswego within our community.

The town park will be undergoing some upkeep in the next few weeks, we have purchased new swings and the matter below the equipment will be replaced.

Our chemistry numbers continue to be within our SPEDES permit at Sleepy Hollow, however our flow monitoring needs to be more precise.
I will be meeting with John O’Connell from New York State Rural Water and Koester Associates about specking out a new flow meter for the Sleepy Hollow Sewage Treatment plant.

All the paperwork was completed and sent in for reimbursement for the Town of Oswego taking emergency protective measures necessary to save lives, and to protect public health during the time frame of Feb 4th from 5 am, and extending for 48 hours.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse the town of Oswego $12,914.35. Thanks to Mr. Wilcox for his efforts in obtaining this reimbursement.
On tonight’s agenda we will approve the renewal of our Bond for the Town Hall. We will pay down 40 thousand dollars plus interest again this year.

We had 10 complaints to our Dog Control Officer.

We issued 2 building permits, and 3 inspections.
Our code enforcement officer’s office hours in May will be Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-2:30.

The Towns Assessors will be available here at town hall tomorrow May, 15th between 4-8 PM for anyone who would like to speak to them about their assessments. Grievance Day will be held here Tuesday May 22nd from 9am-11am and again at 5pm-8pm.

The Oswego City School District will hold their Board of Education elections and budget vote here tomorrow from 12 noon till 9pm

The residents of the town of Oswego have been presented with an American flag by SMSgt Joseph F. Gianetto. This flag was flown over the skis of Iraq during a combat sortie on February 11th 2007. it was flown in Aircraft 85-0209 in honor of the Residents of the Town of Oswego. We thank Sergeant Joseph Gianetto for this honor. The historical society will fly the flag on Memorial Day at the service in Rural Cemetery.

Public Comment: None

Resolution 2007-56 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board opens the public hearing on proposed Local Law 2-2007 at 7:05 PM, A local law providing for the Administration and Enforcement of the NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. This local law is intended to supersede Local Law 1-2004.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Public Comment: No comment regarding proposed Local Law 2-2007

Resolution 2007-57 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board closes the public hearing at 7:07 PM on Proposed Local Law 2-2007,
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-58 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from April 9th and April 23rd town board meetings.
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, second Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-59 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the following budget modifications: From A1990.4 (contingent account) to A3520.4 (control of animals) for $505.21 and From A1990.4 (contingent account) to A 1910.4 (unallocated Ins). for $268.24.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-60 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 5.
General Fund
Highway Fund
Franklin/Baylis Lighting
Edgebrook Lighting
Sleepy Hollow Sewer District
Ontario Heights Sewer District
$ 65,719.95
14,481.98
231.59
127.60
983.69
375.55
v 126-158
v 48-65
v 22,28
v 23,28
v 24,26,27
v 25
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, second Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-61 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the Calendar of Events for the Historical Society held at the Oswego Town Hall;

•May 10, 2007, Fruit Valley a Conversation by Rev. Rick Sivers
•May 27, 2007, Memorial Day Service, Rural Cemetery
•June 14, 2007, Membership Drive
•July 10, 2007, Ice Cream Social/Band Concert, Music by the Sounds of Brass
•November 11, 2007, Veterans Day Service

Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-62 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves Proposed Local Law 2-2007, which will now be Local Law 2-2007. This local law will become effective upon the filing with the Secretary of State.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-63 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board supports the efforts of the Oswego Town Volunteer Fire Department to obtain a grant from the Federal Emergency Management for an aerial ladder truck.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Mahaney. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-64 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board directs the Supervisor to renew the BAN on the Oswego Town Hall for one year, May 23,2007 to May 23, 2008 for $741,880.00 with an interest rate not to exceed 5%.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-65
WHEREAS, there has recently been negative press coverage by the New York Times and some local papers within Oswego County suggesting that the Town court system is flawed and more specifically, alleging that the three hundred year tradition of non-lawyer judges presiding over and within the local municipalities should be eliminated; and

WHEREAS, there has always been a Town Court within the Town of Oswego, conveniently located and accessible to our citizens; and

WHEREAS, there are two (2) Town Judgeships established within the Town of Oswego; and

WHEREAS, there are presently two (2) non-attorney Town Justices and Zero (0) attorney Town Justices within the Town of Oswego; and

WHEREAS, with their civil and criminal jurisdiction, the Town Justices in the Town of Oswego presided over many hundreds of cases in the past year; and

WHEREAS, the Town Court of Oswego in the past year collected $96,662.50 in statutory fines, fees and surcharges on behalf of the State of New York, the County of Oswego, and the Town of Oswego, to help fund essential public services; and

WHEREAS, the Town Board of Oswego recognizes and appreciates the professionalism, diligence, intelligence and integrity of the non-attorney or lay justices within our town who bring a specialized experience to the bench particularly with issues unique to our community who elected them; and

Now, therefore, be it:

RESOLVED
, that the members of the Town Board of Oswego support the continuation of the three hundred year tradition of non-lawyer or lay justices presiding in Town Courts, and it is further;

RESOLVED, that the members of the Town Board of Oswego hereby oppose any requirement that Town Justices be attorneys, and it is further;

RESOLVED, that the members of the Town Board of Oswego oppose any efforts to eliminate local and convenient access to justice by our citizens; and find that the local presence of the Town Court of Oswego provides a meaningful and necessary presence within our community for judicial resolution of conflicts, continued public safety of our citizens and the protection of constitutional guarantees for all of our citizens.

Moved by Councilor Pritchard, Second Councilor Mahaney

Victoria Mullen, Supervisor: Aye
Timothy DeSacia, Deputy Supervisor: Aye
Greg Herrmann, Councilperson: Aye
Margaret Mahaney, Councilperson: Aye
Carol Pritchard, Councilperson: Aye

Motion by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Pritchard to close the town board meeting at 7:15 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper, CMC/RMC
Oswego Town Clerk
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