October 14, 2008
Town Board Minutes

Oswego Town Hall

Supervisor: Victoria M. Mullen
Town Board Members: Tim DeSacia, Greg Herrmann,
Margaret Mahaney, Daniel Shaver
Attorney to the Board: Stephen C. Greene, Sr.
A meeting of the Oswego Town Board was held on October 14, 2008 at town hall.
Supervisor Mullen opened the meeting at 7:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Everyone remained standing for a moment of silence for Bob Sharkey.

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, excused
Dan Shaver
Stephen C. Greene
Town Clerk's Report: September fees paid to the Supervisor were $3,223.96, total for the month $10,581.65. A shortage of .40 from August will be paid to the Supervisor with the October money. The Historical Society will meet on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 6PM.

Supervisor's Report: I remember the day, shortly after completion of the town-wide revaluation, I ran into an old friend from high school who happens to be a town resident. He was concerned because the assessed value of his home had gone up. He asked what I was going to do with all the extra money. In answer to that question….our total appropriations for 2009 will be $1,527,624. Our conservative estimate of revenue is $1,050,100. The total funds to be raised by taxes are $487,524, the same as last year. This year, at 100% equalization, the total tax rate for Highway and Town will be $2.12 per thousand. I guess the short answer to my friends’ question would have been….we have lowered the Town of Oswego’s tax rate by 21%.

My philosophy is to collect from the tax payer only as much as we need to run the town efficiently.

The town-wide re-evaluation we just went through was as grueling as it was unpopular; but more importantly it was necessary. The State set our 83% equalization rate, and our residents came out on the short end of exemptions, such as Basic and Enhanced STAR, and the Town lost out on some State Aide

In 2008 the Town of Oswego’ tax rate for the City School District was more than 20% higher than surrounding towns that were already at 100% equalization. In 2009 the rate for Oswego Town has dropped $3.25 per thousand, plus homeowners see a full STAR exemption.

I expect to see our Fire District and County Tax rates drop as well.

Although this administration is very careful with our precious tax dollars, we need to add to our tax base. Adding value to the town is the best way to keep property taxes low. As reported in the Syracuse Post Standard a few months ago, the Town’s population has grown by 800 new residents in the past eight years!

It is unfortunate for our neighbors in the city whose property taxes will raise in 09. I am hopeful that the City of Oswego and the Town of Oswego can become partners again soon; working together is a great way to keep everyone’s tax rate down. There are projects worth millions of dollars on the drawing board which could grow out of the earth immediately if we could get the blessing of the city. The people of the City, the town and the county of Oswego could see their county taxes reduced along with their School District taxes, as well as a large revenue source in the form of sewer fees for the city. In the face of financial crisis on a world wide scale we should start looking for solutions on a local level.

Budget highlights:

In our 2009 Budget we have included a cost of living raise for our employees who also face raising costs for goods and services.

We’ve have budgeted an increase in the stipend for our Planning and Zoning Board members who give of their time and expertise and therefore should be better compensated.

In an effort to keep up with current Technology, we will be purchasing new software for both Building and Code Enforcement and our Highway Department.

With the ever increasing regulations and rigid accounting practices that the Town of Oswego bookkeeper faces on a daily basis, it is time to change the position of Supervisor Clerk into a competitive Civil Service Account Clerk title. This will insure that the taxpayer’s dollars are well spent by having the most qualified individual. This position will change from a 30 hour per week to a 35 hour per week position.

Also on tonight’s agenda we are approving the appointment of Dr. Richard Tesoriero to the Planning Board; and Mrs. Noreen Ruttan to the Board of Assessment Review. We appreciate their willingness to serve the town.

Tonight we will have a public hearing on a new local law that addresses wind energy conversion systems. These are windmills, consisting of a wind turbine, tower and associated controls. This is at the request of our Zoning and Planning Board.

There will be a public hearing on the budget on November 3rd at 7:05 p.m. at the Oswego Town Hall.

We have sold 4 lots in the Rural Cemetery in September and had 5 burials.

Our Code Enforcement Officer issued 7 permits and made 16 inspections in September. Our Dog Control Officer investigated 11 complaints in September. The Committee that has been working on our zoning law revisions for several years have the final draft ready for the town board review. Mrs. Cooper, Judy Sabin-Watson and Greg Auleta, did an excellent job on this document. They included every board member from Zoning and Planning and the Town Board in the process. We should set up a public hearing for December. Voting will be held here at the Town Hall on November 4th, from 6am-9pm .

Public Comment: Questions regarding the account clerk position was this job posted and riding stable permit fee?

Resolution 2008-76 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board opens the public hearing at 7:05 PM to hear all interested parties for or against Proposed Local Law 2-2008, a local law for Wind Energy Conversion Systems.
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Supervisor Mullen all ayes motion carried.

Public Comment on Local Law: Legislator Doug Malone stated he is in favor of wind power. Asked if there were any restrictions?

Resolution 2008-77 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board closes the public hearing at 7:10 PM.
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Councilor Herrmann all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2008-78 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the September 8, 2008 and October 2, 2008 town board meetings.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Herrmann all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2008-79 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the following budget modifications: from A 1990.4 (contingency) to A1355.4 (assessment) for $1350.00; from A 1990.4 (contingency) to A1660.4 (central storeroom) for $166.97 from A 1990.4 (contingency) to A8020.4 (planning) for $208.90.
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2008-80 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on Abstract 10 as follows:
General Fund
Highway Fund
Franklin/Baylis Lighting
Edgebrook Lighting
Sleepy Hollow Sewer District
Ontario Heights Sewer District
$27,997.31
$63,048.73
$ 98.12
$ 58.50
$ 1,324.58
$ 887.67
v 296-332
v 161-175
v 58
v 59
v 60,62-65
v 61,66
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2008-81 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves a $2.00 second notice fee for the 2009 tax bills.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2008-82 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board authorizes the Code Enforcement Officer to enforce Section 4 of Local Law 1-1993 (junk) due to a complaint.
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Supervisor Mullen all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2008-83 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board appoints Noreen Ruttan to the Board of Assessment Review; and thanks Mrs. Ruttan for her willingness to serve the residents of the Town of Oswego. The term to expire on September 2010.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Shaver all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2008-84 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board consolidates the positions and salaries of Clerk to the Supervisor and Special Districts Clerk held for the last 3 1/2 years by Teresa Botting, and creates the permanent competitive civil service title of “account clerk”. This position will be full time, with upgraded hours to 7 hrs per day, with a salary of $25,000.00 and will commence with the filing of the report of personnel change to the civil service division with Oswego County Personnel.
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2008-85 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board appoints Dr. Richard Tesoriero to the Planning Board, and thanks Dr. Tesoriero for his willingness to serve the residents of the Town of Oswego. The term to expire in February 2009.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2008-86 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board will hold a public hearing to hear all interested parties for or against the Proposed 2009 Town of Oswego budget, on November 3, 2008 at 7:05 PM at town hall.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2008-87 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board adopts Local Law 2-2008, Wind Energy Conversion Systems. This local law to take effect with the filing with the Secretary of State.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Herrmann all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2008-88 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board sets the building permit fee at $950.00 for the repair of the riding stable roof of Marie & Ron Schadt.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Herrmann all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2008-89 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board accepts the bid for the 1993 Dodge pick up for $375.00 submitted by Robert Malone.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Shaver all ayes motion carried.

Motion by Supervisor Mullen, second by Councilor Shaver to close the meeting at 7:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper, CMC/RMC
Oswego Town Clerk
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