Town Board
Town of Oswego
Town Board Meeting Minutes
May 10, 2010
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 May 10, 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
Town Clerk’s Report: The following tax collection money was paid to the supervisor
$250.00 petty cash, $1263.83 Jan, Feb, Mar and April bank interest, $4656.65 penalties, $484.00 second notice fees, $117.34 credit from county and cash over total $6771.82. The final payment of $1,526,692.52 was made to the County Treasurer on April 19, 2010. The April fees paid to the supervisor were $5119.42, total for the month $5610.15.

At my town clerk conference in Saratoga the class offered by Ag & Markets centered around the State doing away with this department making the towns responsible for maintaining the dog licensing in each town. A vendor at the conference offered the option of buying bulk dog tags per county making the price cheaper per tag. This is most likely going to happen around August of this year. My town clerk software company is ready for this change when it happens.

In the comptroller’s class on retirement a resolution must be passed, posted and adopted within 180 days from the date you take office. This resolution should establish the standard work day for elected and appointed officials who are in the retirement system and any other employees in the system. The handout outlines what was discussed and the contact person form comptroller’s office. In the Code of Ethics class it states that at least one member of the Code of Ethics should be a municipal officer or employee.

The Historical Society will have a meeting on May 19, 2010 with guest speaker Mike Reading. His topic will be the 147th Oswego County Regiment, this starts at 6 pm at town hall. Our Memorial Day Ceremony is scheduled for May 30, 2010 at the Rural Cemetery at 1:00 pm.

Supervisor's Report: The board attended an informational meeting with SUNY Oswego on their upcoming projects, the university will build a new science building, renovate the Education building, and historical preserve Sheldon Hall. Also, the new science building will use geothermal heating and air conditioning that will be located on the site where. Snygg Hall is now. Snygg will come down at the end of this project. This is 170 million dollar project. We at the town level understand that there may be increased construction traffic and the University will do all they can to keep that to a minimum.

We are excited to see the modernization and additions to the University, which is the number one employer in the county.

The Town Board also met with the Oswego City Council recently and is continuing to negotiate rates for sewage treatment for Ontario Heights. The pumping station at Ontario Heights is in need of several repairs and we are working with Koester and Associates, on this issue.

I was able to save another $5,000 again this year by bidding out our insurance.

The board recently accepted a beautiful Red Maple tree from SAFE, (Services to Aid Families). The tree was planted in the Town Park as a remembrance for the victims of violence thought-out the county.

The historical society recently held a craft show and sale here at Town Hall. The event was heavily attended. A special thank you to Mrs. Cooper who was this year’s chairman.

Mr. Wilcox, Mr. Herrmann, George DeMass and I recently met to go over the ideas for the placement of the Dr. Mary Walker Statue. The entrance and exit and the parking will have to be changed to accommodate the island that is being planned for the parking lot. Mrs. Cooper has been very busy fund raising for this statue for several years and this project will be coming to fruition in the fall of this year, the town is appreciative of her efforts.

The board of education will hold their annual budget vote and election of board members here on Tuesday the 18th of May between noon and 9:00 PM. Remember to come out and vote.

The Assessors have been meeting with residents and have one more day of tentative roll sessions Saturday the 15th between 9am-1pm. Grievance day will be held on Tuesday May 25th .

The cemetery is open for the season, spring burials are being scheduled. One lot was sold in April.

The dog control officer investigated 4 complaints in April.

I have written a letter to the county treasurer requesting reimbursement for the cost of the support fees for the trial tax collection software that our Town Clerk, Mrs. Cooper so graciously accepted the task of evaluating by using it for her tax collection this year. The county will not be using the software next year, and I believe we should be reimbursed.

We are requesting bids for painting the interior of the town hall this summer.

I received an email which I would like to read at this time:
May 7, 2010

Dear Supervisor Mullen,

As a citizen of Oswego Town, it was my intention to send a letter of commendation for a town employee to each of the town's representatives. Instead I would appreciate it if you would read this letter into the minutes of the next board meeting. I thank you for doing so.

If the town should have an Outstanding Employee of the Month or Year award, I would hope that you would give great consideration to placing Mark Wilcox' name at the top of the list. Although I do not know him personally, I have spoken to him on the phone and occasionally on site and I have recognized his work and that of his staff. Not only has he always been unfailingly helpful and prompt, his attitude has always reflected that of a man who enjoys his work and recognizes its importance. In addition to this his demeanor has always been admirable. I suspect from our brief encounters and the speed with which he does his job that he is what we should all aspire to becoming, namely—a good man.

Nick D'Innocenzo
64 Edwards Circle
Public Comment: Tom Dunsmoor asked about a refund for his brother Dan’s building permit. Matt Murray had questions and comments regarding his letter from the CEO regarding a big pile of rubbish in his back yard. Councilor Tim DeSacia stated the brake lines on the cemetery truck were broke.

Resolution 2010-48 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the April 12, 2010 town board meeting.
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2010-49 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 5 as follows:
General Fund
Highway Fund
Franklin/Baylis Lighting
Edgebrook Lighting
Sleepy Hollow Sewer District
Ontario Heights Sewer District
$ 103.52
$ 61.81
$ 907.53
$ 1,717.45
v 90-106
v 19
v 20
v 21,23,24
v 22.25,26
Motion by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Herrmann all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2010-50 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the use of the town hall on May 18, 2010 from Noon-9 pm 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 2010-51 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board directs the Supervisor to renew the BAN on Oswego Town Hall for one year from May 21, 2010 to May 20, 2011 for $682,880.00 with an interest rate not to exceed 3.25%.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Motion by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Shaver to close the meeting at 7:31 PM. all ayes motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper, CMC
Oswego Town Clerk
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