Town of Oswego
Town Board Meeting Minutes
December 14, 2009
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 at town hall on December 14, 2009.
Supervisor Mullen opened the meeting at 7:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance; roll call was taken with the following members present:
Town Clerk Report: Totals for the month of October were $3483.67 total, $1518.20 went to the supervisor, November $3013.20, $1252.79 went to the supervisor. I attended a regional meeting of the town clerks association in Liverpool, Thomas Ditido assistant to the Comptroller gave a presentation on the new regulations for reporting retirement. I present to the town supervisor the handout which outlines the town’s responsibility for reporting. This new law went into effect October 2009. Also at this meeting we learned that the state maybe closing down the Ag & Markets department. That will give the towns all the responsibility to keep track of all dogs, buy the tags, send renewal notices unless maybe the County would take it over. More to come when I attend the April town clerk’s conference. I will be trying out the new tax program with the county KVS, we will get a $165.00 credit from Williamson Law.
Supervisor's Report: I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their support and their kindness through the recent illness and death of my mother. I was overwhelmed by the cards, flowers and donations, and the food fed my entire family for days. I appreciate everyone very much.
As we come to the close of another productive year, I would like to congratulate Councilors Herrmann, and DeSacia, Judges Sterio and Jung, and Assessor Hogan on their re-election. Also, congratulations to our county legislators, Mr. Malone and Chalifoux. I look forward to working with everyone again next year!
I met last week with the chairman of the county legislature, and legislators Potter and Beardsley, and also with several town supervisors. The topic of conversation was the possible closing of the Hannibal Transfer Station. All the supervisors requested that the legislators keep the Transfer Station open. It is very important that there is a station on this side of the county. It is very worrisome to me that more trash will end up on both the county highway and town roads, should the legislature choose to close this facility. It was our opinion that the county is not in business to make money, but to serve the people, and trash collection is a very important service.
We shared ideas on how to cut the costs at the station. We call on our Legislators Mr. Malone and Chalifoux to keep this station open.
I met with Supervisors Capella, Burdick and Supervisor-Elect Joe Hawksby. We discussed the extension of our Ambulance Agreement with the City. We are hopeful this will be a smooth process this year.
Mr. Herrmann, Mr. Hogan and I met with John O’Connell from Koester Associates. We had an occurrence at our Ontario Heights pumping station, which was addressed immediately. However, the Board would like to install an Auto Dialer and phone line so that only seconds go by before we are informed of an event. We also spoke a lot about a new package sewage plant in place of the pumping station which pumps the sewage to the city for treatment. We need to be proactive in the event the City follows through on the outrageous price that only the Ontario Heights neighborhood would pay, roughly 6 times the rate of anyone else.
Mr. Herrmann and I met with Mayor Bateman and President of the Common Council Dan Donovan, about the action of the City Council to raise rates for our Ontario Heights residents’ sewer use fees. Unfortunately, the night the Council moved for this unfair rate increase, I was not able to attend. We had a good meeting and we will meet again in January with the full Council and I am sure things will come to light and our residents will pay a fair and equitable rate in the future.
Mrs. Cooper has been trained on the new county software for tax collection. Oswego town is cutting edge...working with the county on better efficiency. I am thankful for Mrs. Cooper’s willingness to try something new!
The Historical Society had their Christmas pot luck dinner and it was wonderful! The Historical Society has done wonderful things and I am hopeful more councilors will join!
Today I was approached by a records manager at the School District. She has found old records from the town schools, a wonderful find, and has donated to our Historical Society.
Public Comment: Legislator Malone was asked about the closing of Hannibal Transfer Station. His comments reflected that there may not be enough votes to close this transfer station but there may then be a huge increase in the cost to obtain a dump sticker. The county is looking at doubling the transfer station fees. The Oswego Town Board is against the closing of this transfer station.
Resolution 2009- 109 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the November 2 and November 18, 2009 town board meetings.
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.December 14, 2009
Resolution 2009- 110 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 12 as follows which includes voucher 356 in general fund being pulled:
Resolution 2009- 111 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to make the necessary year-end budget modifications to close the 2009 accounts and send the report to the State Comptroller.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Shaver all ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2009- 112 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the $2.00 second notice fee for the 2010 tax bills.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Herrmann all ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2009- 113 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board establishes the Oswego Town Tax Collector’s change drawer in the amount of $250.00.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2009- 114 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board will hold the final town board meeting of the year on Monday, December 28, 2009 at 7:00 PM.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2009- 115 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the hiring of Koester Associates, Inc. to install a RACO Guard It Auto Dialer with battery backup, AC power supply and enclosure for a cost of $2,335.00 installed, and also approves making the necessary arrangements to have a phone line installed at the Ontario Heights Sewage pump station. All expenses to be billed back to the Ontario Heights Sewer District.
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.
Motion by Councilor Mahaney, second by Councilor Shaver all ayes motion carried.
Theresa A. Cooper, CMC
Oswego Town Clerk