November 5, 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 November 5, 2007 at the Oswego Town Hall. Supervisor Mullen opened the meeting at 7:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance. She asked for a moment of silence for the passing of Town Assessor Lois Luber’s mother. 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: The clerk fees paid to the Supervisor for September was $2058.81 total for month $8795.40, fees paid to the Supervisor for October was $1272.86 total for month $3424.05. In September I attend a District Directors meeting in Fishkill, NY where we discussed Racing and Wagering laws, a Department of Health agent reviewed vital records procedures. There will be changes to the handicap permits in ’08, reviewed the importance of the venison program. I learned that town clerks can sell duck stamps and would like to look into this for next year. The town will set the commission or fee we can charge to issue these. In October I attended meetings in Oneida and Onondaga Counties. The counties meet and discuss problems and current issues. As District Director I try to find the answers and get back to them.

The Historical Society will host the 2nd annual Veterans Day Program on Saturday at 10:30 am. Guest speakers will be Anthony Murabito and Charles Sabin. Please try to attend. A holiday party is being planned for the first Sunday in December; musical entertainment has not been finalized. The program will start at 1:00 PM.

Supervisor's Report: I have submitted my budget to the Oswego Town Board, and there will be a public hearing on the budget on November 8th at 7:05pm at the Oswego Town Hall. The 2008 budget again this year has no tax increase, and our tax levy has remained the same.

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 our county legislators
expected the increase in the sales tax rate to be used to keep our property
tax down.

Our total appropriations for 2008 will be $1,478.624.00 we again have been conservative with our revenue estimate at $991.100.00. The total for both highway and town to be raised by taxes is $487,524.00, the same levy as in '07.

Our projected tax rate for '08 will be 43 cents per thousand for the town side of the ledger and $2.24 per thousand for the highway side.

Planning for the future of the town's financial health we have restructured our highway department, by decreasing the workforce though attrition; this will save many thousands of dollars in Insurance and retirement costs. Our Acting Highway superintendent has done wonders with his seasonal help. We continue to have excellent roads, our brush picked up and our roads plowed in the winter. We have been creative in the way we do business here in the town of Oswego these last several years.

We have also cut all unnecessary spending; I am very pleased that we have been able to build our infrastructure; the town hall, the town garage and the justice center without using our surplus, or by raising taxes.

To keep our financial well being, the town will need to increase our revenue, when the PILOT agreement between the Town and the Metropolitan Water Board that was negotiated back in the 90's runs out in several more years. I believe the best way to keep our property taxes low is by increasing our tax base. Development is very important to the town, if we can increase our tax base this will help to keep our property taxes low.

Looking to the future, I can see increased population here in our town, with increased population we most certainly will be able to sustain any grocery store that would move into our town, hopefully a much needed service will be just a few years away.

We had 4 dog complaints, 3 building permits were issued and 11 inspections were made.
There were 4 burials at the Rural Cemetery.

Public Comment: Legislator Malone asked about the college suites.

Resolution 2007-96 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the October 1 and October 8, 2007 town board meetings.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-97 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the following budget modifications from;
A1990.4 (contingency) to A1420.4 (attorney contractual) for $2463.96
A 1990.4 (contingency) to A8010.4 (zba contractual) for $ 219.90
A 1990.4 (contingency to A8020.4 (planning contractual) for $ 122.50
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-98 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 11 as follows:
General Fund
Highway Fund
Franklin/Baylis Lighting
Edgebrook Lighting
Sleepy Hollow Sewer District
Ontario Heights Sewer District
$30,921.91
$12,423.22
$103.00
$61.47
$909.94
$165.55
v 338-371
v 164-178
v 61
v 61
v 62, 63-65
v 62
Moved by Councilor Pritchard, second Councilor DeSacia. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-100 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the disposal of town property as follows: cold patch trailer (junk); plastic tank (junk); and the following CPU;s (obsolete equipment); Gateway S/N 0008562326, Gateway S/N 4785568, Gateway S/N 0023599967, Gateway S/N 0008562325.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-101 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board directs the Supervisor to sign and Inter municipal Cooperation Agreement for Dog Control Services with the Town of Scriba.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Herrmann. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-102 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the purchase of SEI court management software at a cost of $3015.96, subject to reimbursement by the Justice Court assistance program.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Pritchard. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-103 Motion by Councilor Mahaney second by Supervisor Mullen to move into executive session at 7:15 pm to discuss contract negotiations. All ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2007-104 Motion by Supervisor Mullen, second by Councilor DeSacia to resume the regular meeting at 7:29 PM. All ayes motion carried.
Motion by Councilor Mahaney, second by Councilor Pritchard to close the meeting at 7:30 PM. All ayes motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper CMC
Oswego Town Clerk
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