January 5, 2009
Town Board Minutes Organizational Meeting
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.
meeting of the Oswego Town Board was held on January 5, 2009 at 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's Report: None
Public Comment: None
Resolution 2009-1 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board adds to the agenda.
Motion by Councilor Herrmann, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2009-2 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board dispenses with the individual reading of the agenda items A-Q and adopt same by one omnibus vote.
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.
A. approves the minutes from the December 29, 2008 Town Board meeting.
B. approves the appointments found in Attachment A. Be it further resolved that these appointments shall run until December 31, 2009.
C. approves the schedule of salaries for elected and appointed officials for 2009 found in Attachment B.
D. designates The Palladium Times as the official Town Newspaper.
E. designates JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. as the town’s depository for 2009.
F. imposes on the Supervisor powers and duties of administration and supervision of the town or special improvement district functions to be performed on behalf of the Board.
G. establishes a Town Clerk, Highway Superintendent and Supervisor’s Petty Cash fund of $100 each.
H. approves the 2009 Payroll Schedule identified as Attachment C.
I. approves the Holiday Calendar identified as Attachment D.
J. approves the monthly Town Board Meeting and Workshop schedule identified as Attachment H. Meetings will be held at the Oswego Town Hall at 7:00 PM.
K. authorizes the Supervisor to pay in advance of audit of claims for public utilities services such as gas, electric, water, sewer, fuel oil and telephone service as well as for postage, freight, express charges and health insurance. Claims for these payments shall be presented at the next regular meeting for audit.
L. adopts the Code of Ethics as in Attachment E.
M. adopts the Rules of Order of the Town Board of the Town of Oswego as found in Attachment F.
N. Board adopts the Voucher Calendar as listed in Attachment G.
O. hires Craig R. Gilbert Co. for yearly copier maintenance contract at $750.00.
P. contracts with G&G Wastewater for the operation and maintenance of the Sleepy Hollow Sewage Treatment Plant.
Q. appoints Catherine K. Mears, JoEllen Smith and Joe Oleyourryk to the Ethics Committee. Be it further resolved these appointments shall run until December 31, 2009.
C. Payroll Schedule
D. Holiday Calendar
E. Code of Ethics
F. Rules of Order of town board
G. Voucher Calendar
H. Town Board Meeting and Workshop Calendar
Theresa A. Cooper, CMC/RMC Oswego Town Clerk
Code of Ethics
1. Definition. As used in this section: The term “Town Agency” shall mean any department, division, board, commission, or bureau of any department or office of the Town of Oswego, New York. The term “Board” shall mean Town Board of the Town of Oswego, New York.
2. Rule with respect to conflicts of interest. No officer or employee of a Town Agency or member of the Board should have any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect, or engage in any business or transaction or professional activity or incur any obligation of any nature, which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of duties in the public interest.
a. No such officer or employee or member of the Board should accept other employment which will impair independence of judgment in the exercise of official duties.
b. No such officer or employee or member of the Board should accept employment or engage in any business or professional activity which will require disclosure of confidential information gained by reason of official position or authority.
c. No such officer or employee or member of the Board should disclose confidential information neither acquired in the course of official duties nor use such information to further personal interests.
d. No such officer or employee or member of the Board should use or attempt to use an official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemption(s) for anyone.
e. No such officer or employee or member of the Board shall engage in any transaction as representative or agent of the Town of Oswego, New York, with any business entity in which the individual has a direct or indirect financial interest that might reasonably tend to conflict with the proper discharge of official duties.
f. An officer or employee or member of the Board should not by his conduct give reasonable basis for the impression that any person can improperly influence his or unduly enjoy his favor in the performance of official duties, or that he is affected by the kinship, rank, position or influence of any party or person.
g. An officer or employee or member of the Board should abstain from making personal investments in enterprises which he has reason to believe they may be directly involved in decisions to be made by him or which will otherwise create substantial conflict between duty in the public interest and private interest.
h. An officer or employee or member of the Board should endeavor to pursue a course of conduct which will not raise suspicion among the public that the individual is likely to be engage in acts that are in violation of the public interest.
i. No such officer or employee or member of the Board employed on a full-time basis nor any firm or association of which such officer or employee or member of the Board is a member nor corporation a substantial portion of the stock of which is owned or controlled directly or indirectly by such officer or employee or member of the Board should sell goods or services to any person, firm, corporation or association which is licensed or whose rates are fixed by the Town Agency in which such officer or employee or member of the Board serves or is employed.
j. If any such officer or employee or member of the Board shall have a financial interest, direct or indirect, having a value of ten thousand dollars or more in any activity which is subject to the jurisdiction of a town regulatory agency, a written statement must be filed with the Town Clerk attesting to such a financial interest in such activity, which statement shall be open to public inspection.
4. Violations. In addition to any penalty contained in any other provision of law any such officer, member or employee who shall knowingly and intentionally violate any of the provisions of this section may be fined, suspended or removed from office or employment in the manner provided by law.
Rules of Order of the Town Board of the Town of Oswego
1. The Supervisor shall preside at all meetings of the Board and shall preserve order and decorum in the conduct of the meeting.
2. The Supervisor, immediately following the opening of every regular meeting of the Board, shall proceed to the regular order of town business as follows: Roll call, Town Clerk Report, Supervisor report, reception of petitions and other communications addressed to the Town Board, reports of committees, reports of officers and department, and introduction of resolutions and motions.
3. The Supervisor will hold a public comment prior to the resolutions and motions. At this time the public will be invited to comment.
4. Every resolution or motion must be seconded before being put to a vote by the Supervisor and all resolutions or motions shall be recorded in their entirety in the official minutes of the Town Board.
5. The Supervisor may offer or second a resolution or a motion and need not relinquish the chair for such purpose.
6. No motion or resolution may be brought to a vote except by the majority consent of those Town Board members present unless printed or typewritten copies thereof are presented to each member of the board 48 hours prior to the opening of the meeting at which such motion or resolution is offered.
7. No Town Board member shall speak more than once on any question until every Board member choosing to speak shall have spoken.
8. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be entered unless (a) for an adjournment or recess, (b) for the previous question to lay on the table, (c) to postpone to refer to a committee, or (d) to amend. These latter motions are neither amenable nor debatable.
9. No motion shall be made to offer an amendment to an amendment already before the Board on any proposition.
10. A majority vote of all the members of the Board shall be required to suspend these rules of order. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
11. If the above rules are or become at any time in conflict with the statutory law, the statutory law shall take precedence.
12. No member of the public shall engage in any demonstration, booing, hand clapping or otherwise disrupt the town board meeting.
13. Any person speaking to the town board with the consent of the supervisor shall address his/her remarks to the town board, no to the other members of the audience in the form of a debate or otherwise.
14. The public will be invited to comment on any motion or resolution not listed on the publicized agenda that is brought before the town board during a meeting.