March 9, 2009
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.
The meeting of the Oswego Town Board was held on March 9, 2009 at town hall. Supervisor Mullen opened the meeting at 7:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance; she asked that we remain standing for a moment of silence for Mr. Anthony Murabito who passed away in February. 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
Dan Shaver
Stephen C. Greene
Town Clerk’s Report: Total taxes collected to date $2,422,395.88, outstanding $404,625.91. The second notices will be sent out this week. Payments were made to the Supervisor for $802,552.34 and $50,000.00 paid to the County Treasurer on March 7, 2009. The total fees for February to the Supervisor were $396.87 total for Feb. $606.66.
The Historical Society will have a meeting on Saturday March 14, 2009 at 10:00 am, the program will be the Irish Settlement Cemetery and the presenter will be Doug Malone.

Supervisor's Report: A moment of Silence for Anthony Murabito who served the town for years as our Assessor, he will be missed.
I recently attended the New York State Association of Towns training school and Annual Business meeting. There were several Guest speakers including Senator Charles Schumer, Governor David Patterson, and State Comptroller Tom DeNapoli. They all had the same theme, speaking on the economy and the future of our State. Comptroller DeNapoli predicted that the Towns will have an increase in the amount we pay into New York State Retirement in 10 because of the losses in the market. The Governor reported that he has reinstated into his budget our CHIPS money. That is the money the state gives to the town for road maintenance. I am hopeful that the Town receives its full share for 2010. Senator Schumer spoke on the Federal Stimulus package, and shovel readiness, he explained that shovel ready would most likely go to a 6 month time frame. I have already sent in my paperwork with my intention to apply for Federal Stimulus money, and I believe that the town could be ready within the 6 months Senator Schumer spoke of.

On Sunday the first day of the conference I was able to attend an informational hearing on the proposed resolutions that would be voted on at the Annual Business Meeting. I have included for the Town Board the resolutions that were in front of the General Membership and the outcome of each.

I attended an important session of the Fight for Local Democracy. The session was with State Senator Roy Mc Donald and Assemblywomen Michelle Schiel and Assemblyman Dennis Gabrysak. Home rule that the town have had since 1894 was the topic, and although everyone agreed that shared services was a good thing, consolidation of towns was not. The States idea to change our Highway Superintendent and our Town Clerk to an appointed position is not something I would support.

I also attended classes on Purchasing, the impact of GASB 45 on benefits reporting for retirees.

A Question and answer session with the Associations attorneys., a session on the Legal Requirement surrounding Credit Cards and Electronic Financial Transactions. A session on a Board of Ethics and a session on creating Stronger, Healthier and Safe Communities during Difficult Times.

I thank the town board for this opportunity.

I have paid the fire district the taxes collected for them by our Town Clerk.

We have received notice from New York State Office of Real Property that our assessment ratio is 100.00%.

Our Dog Control officer had 3 complaints in February.

The County Health Dept has listed their 2009 Rabies clinics. I will ask Mrs. Cooper to see that one is posted on your bulletin board.

The City School District will hold their budget vote and the Board of Education Elections here on May 19th noon till 9 pm.

Public Comment: Questions were asked about consolidation of towns and services.

Resolution 2009- 24 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the February 9, 2009 town board meeting.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Shaver, all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2009- 25 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 3 as follows:
General Fund
Highway Fund
Franklin/Baylis Lighting
Edgebrook Lighting
Sleepy Hollow Sewer District
Ontario Heights Sewer District
$39,133.91
$24,128.17
$129.15
$77.14
$933.66
$1,680.85
v51-87
v35-57
v 6
v 7
v8,10-12
v9, 13
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2009- 26 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board hereby adopts the settlement of Griffin’s Greens offer of $565,000.00 in order to resolve the tax assessment challenge and further authorizes this agreement to be binding for three years, pursuant to Article 7 of the NYS Real Property Tax Law.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Herrmann all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2009- 27 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board sets a public hearing on April 13, 2009 at 7:05 PM to hear all interested parties for or against Proposed Local Law1-2009, the zoning law.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Shaver, all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2009- 28 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the use of the Town Hall on May 19, 2009 from Noon-9PM for the Oswego City School District’s annual budget vote and Board of education election.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Mahaney all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2009- 29 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board moves into executive session at 7:25 PM to discuss pending litigation.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2009- 30 Motion by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Mahaney to resume the regular meeting at 7:45 PM, all ayes motion carried.

Motion by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Shaver to close the regular meeting at 7:46 PM all ayes motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper, CMC/RMC
Oswego Town Clerk
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