Town of Oswego
Town Board Meeting Minutes
March 8, 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 March 8, 2010 at town hall.
Supervisor Mullen opened the meeting at 7:00 with the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members present:
Town Clerk Report: February fees collected were $488.50 of which $382.15 was paid to the supervisor. Total taxes collected in February were $601,227.00. In February the supervisor was paid $850,657.59 and the County Treasurer was paid $75,000.00 this was paid from the tax account. The second tax notices will be mailed out this week.
Supervisor's Report: Assemblyman Bob Oaks was here in February to discuss the 2010-11 State Budget. The weather was very bad and turn out was low. I have his presentation if anyone would like a copy of it please let me know.
The Oswego Town Volunteer Fire Dept has secured a $76,000.00 FEMA grant!
The fire Dep’t will purchase 27 sets of firefighting turn out gear and a new defibrillator.
Congratulations to the Fire Dept! And we should recognize Councilor Herrmann as well as Firefighters Mike Hagenmayer and Christie Weigant whose hard work resulted in this wonderful grant.
We have received our 16th pilot payment from Metropolitan Water board, there are only 4 payments left in lieu of taxes, and then the property is off the tax rolls. The board will need to come up with the plan on how we will make this revenue loss in 2014. We will begin a dialog on this issue over the summer. The town will lose $186,000 revenue in 2015.
The town assessors have successful completed of our annual reassessment of our 2009 assessment roll our taxpayers are receiving the benefits of an equitable assessment. Our town will receive a check for $9,162.39 for our 2,137 parcels, in State Aid
Over the last 10 years the town has had 11 Cemetery Superintendents. Each one doing things differently, therefore no continuity. Over the years we have found better ways to do the peoples business. Councilor DeSacia and I have discussed a better way of managing the Rural Cemetery and we have decided to present to the Town Board, Mrs. Hogan as manager of the cemetery. Some of her duties will include lot sales, contracts, burial orders, and communication with funeral directors; she will calculate foundation fees and bill monument dealers. She will help with genealogy, and fill location requests.
She will supervise headstone name placement. All burials will be pre-authorized and records checked in the office and file, and work in the cemetery as needed for problem solving. When I first came here records were in very poor shape and over the years things have gotten better, having the management of the cemetery done by a person with her experience is an asset to the town. Our superintendent will have his duties changed to more labor intensive and free him up to do maintenance on equipment etc, and the Rural Cemetery will run very well.
Tonight we will be signing an agreement to spend town highway funds with Superintendent Mark Wilcox; Mr. Wilcox plans to make improvements on Thompson and the Ridge road this summer.
We are having a public hearing tonight to decide if the town will grant Waterview trailer park and easement through the town’s right of way on Fred Haynes Blvd.
Resolution 2010-30 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board opens the public hearing to hear all interested parties for or against the Waterview Trailer Park owner’s application to use the Town of Oswego’s right-of-way for a sewer line at 7:05 PM.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Herrmann all ayes motion carried.
Public Comment: Tim Seeler represented Oswego Mobile Associates who own Waterview Trailer Park and explained to all the proposed project. This project is needed because the DEC has set higher limits on their waste water system. This is a closed system within the trailer park.
Town Residents who asked questions were Bob Dexter, Jason Livesey, Bob Baker, Barry Pritchard, Tim DeSacia and Greg Herrmann. Questions about swimming in the lake, back up power, cost of the project, is the current system being replaced, is it an aerobic system were asked.
Resolution 2010-31 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board closes the public hearing at 7:20 PM. Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Councilor Mahaney all ayes motion carried.
Public Comment: Town Historian George DeMass stated that Justin White and himself will be gathering pictures of Dr. Mary Walker for a book they would like to produce through a grant. Dr. Mary Walker was the most photographed woman of her time.
The display case has new items in it and he plans on changing it every month. The next meeting of the historical society will be March 20, 2010 at 10 am.
Resolution 2010-32 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the February 8, 2010 and February 22, 2010 town board meeting and workshop.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second by Councilor Shaver all ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2010-33 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on Abstract 3 as follows:
Resolution 2010-34 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board reappoints Barry Pritchard to the Board of Assessment Review for the term ending 9/30/2014.
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, second by Supervisor Mullen all ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2010-35 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board appoints Debra Hogan to manage the Rural Cemetery with a salary of $5,000.00 a year as of Monday March 15, 2010.
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Supervisor Mullen all ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2010-36 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board accepts the highway agreement from the Highway Superintendent Mark Wilcox.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2010-37 Motion by Councilor Herrmann, second by Councilor DeSacia to add an item to the agenda, all ayes motion carried.
Resolution 2010-38 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board will hold a public hearing at the Town of Oswego, NY at 7:05 PM on April 12, 2010 to hear all interested parties for or against a change to Local Law 2-2008, the Wind Energy Conversion System to consider elimination of the bonding requirement set forth therein.
Moved by Councilor Herrmann, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.
Motion by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Shaver to close the meeting at 7:35 PM all ayes motion carried.
Theresa A. Cooper, CMC
Oswego Town Clerk