Town Board
Town of Oswego
Town Board Meeting Minutes
January 11, 2010
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 January 11, 2010 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: Victoria Mullen
Councilor: Tim DeSacia
Councilor: Greg Herrmann
Councilor: Margaret Mahaney
Councilor: Dan Shaver
Attorney to the Board: Stephen C. Greene
Town Clerk’s Report: The annual report of fees collected for the town clerk were $56,690.48 of which $15,387.17 was paid to the supervisor, $39,205.44 paid to NYS DEC, $914.37 paid to County Treasurer, $261.00 paid to Ag & Markets, $922.50 paid to the Department of Health. The December fees paid to the supervisor were $490.53 total for the month $942.05. We had a total of 14 dogs that went to the pound, 5 were adopted, 4 claimed, and 5 put down. There was an adjustment to abstract 12, new total for general fund was $42,617.85 voucher 365 was pulled and voided, new total for highway fund $18,294.06 voucher 210 voided.

Supervisor's Report: On tonight’s agenda we will accept the resignation of our Town Historian, Justin White. Justin is stepping down as Historian because of his recent move to the city. He has enjoyed his experience and will continue to be part of our town’s historical events. Justin continues to serve the county as the county historian, he will be missed. The town board thanks Justin for his service and wishes him well in his new home in the City of Oswego, our loss is their gain.

Tonight we will be setting a public hearing on a new local law; 2-2010 A local law providing for a real property tax exempt for cold war veterans.

Our highway department has been working non-stop keeping our roads safe for travel. I have to remind everyone, to slow down and drive safely, Remember just because a car or SUV has 4 wheel drive does not mean you can drive as if the roads were bare and dry. BE Careful out there. Expect the unexpected.

Ontario Heights pumping station had a tech check on December 29th, things are fine.

Our Dog Control officer investigated 3 complaints in December. Remember to get your dogs licensed!

We had one burial in December in the Rural Cemetery; the Cemetery is closed for the season now, and will re-open in the spring.
Tonight I will appoint a new Town Historian, a little history on my appointment.

He was born in Oswego in 1945 and attended the District 12 Southwest Oswego School and Campus School. He graduated from Oswego High in 1962. He Attended SUNY Oswego and graduated in the first Liberal Arts Class in 1966.

He then attended and graduated from Temple Baptist Theological Seminary in Chattanooga and did his post graduate work at Westminster

Theologian Seminary, in Philadelphia. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA in 1973 He served as Associate Pastor of the Knox Presbyterian Church in Buffalo New York in the early 70's and for 33 years he was the Pastor of Perry Hall Presbyterian Church in Baltimore Maryland. He retired in May of 2008, and moved back to Oswego Town.

He served as Moderator of the Presbytery of Baltimore.

He was President and then Chairman of the Board of the Children's Friendship Project of Northern Ireland a 20 year program of pairing Catholic and Protestant teens and placing them in an American home for the summer.

He co-founded with the Rev. Asa Wilson, a Native American pastor, the Dakota- Baltimore partnership, establishing learning camps on Pine Ridge, and other reservations in South Dakota; where computer, math, reading and creative skills are taught.

He is an active member of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute of Hyde Park, and the Titanic Historical Society, where he officiates at the annual Titanic Memorial Service.

In 1960, fifty years ago, He was appointed the Oswego Town Historian, he was the youngest appointed town official in New York State, in 1968, he chaired the Sesqui-Centennial of The Town of Oswego. It is my great honor and pleasure to appoint George DeMass once again to the position of Oswego Town Historian.

Since George has taken over as president of our historically society we have seen a rebirth in the interest of the history of our Town. I look forward to many new ideas and projects and events. Not that I am putting any pressure on you George! I speak for the entire board when I say we are very happy you have agreed to accept my appointment as Town Historian.

Public Comment: George DeMass spoke about the many memories he has of the town when he was first appointed town historian and his mentors at that time; Benjie Place, Tony Slosek, Ralph Faust, Frank Riley, Charles Snyder and Isabelle K. Hart.

Resolution 2010-3 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board amends the agenda under the advice of council that Proposed Local Law 1-2010 public hearing be postponed until a submission of necessary paperwork to County Planning for their review and report back is received.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2010-4 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the January 4, 2010 town board meeting.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Shaver all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2010-5 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 1 as written:
General Fund
Highway Fund
Ontario Heights Sewer District
$30,096.97
$16,083.89
$ 949.70
v1-19
v1-17
v1-2
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, second Councilor Shaver all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2010-6 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board accepts the audit of the Oswego Town Court by Dan Shaver and Margaret Mahaney and forwards same to the NYS Comptroller’s Office.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2010-7 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board accepts the resignation of Historian Justin White and thanks him for his years of service to the Town of Oswego.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Mahaney all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2010-8 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the calendar of events for the Town of Oswego 2010 Historical Society meetings see attachment A.
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2010-9 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board re-appoints Judy Sabin-Watson to the Planning Board for the term ending February 2016.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Herrmann all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2010-10 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board directs the supervisor to advertise for cemetery workers for 2010.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Herrmann all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2010-11 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board sets a public hearing on February 8, 2010 at 7:05 PM to hear all interested parties for or against proposed Local Law 2-2010 a local law providing for a Real Property Tax Exemption for Cold War Veterans under Real Property Tax Law § 458-b.
and further resolved to have a public hearing at 7:10 PM to hear all interested parties for or against proposed Local Law 1-2010, amending Local Law 1-2009 the Zoning Law of the Town of Oswego.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2010-12 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board adds an item to the agenda.
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2010-13 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board acknowledges the appointment of George DeMass as Oswego Town Historian.
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Councilor Mahaney all ayes motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper, CMC
Oswego Town Clerk
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