Town Board
Town of Oswego
Town Board Meeting Minutes
February 14, 2011
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 February 14, 2011 at town hall.
Supervisor Mullen opened the meeting at 7:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken and the following members were present:
Supervisor: Victoria Mullen
Councilor: Tim DeSacia
Councilor: Greg Herrmann
Councilor: Margaret Mahaney
Councilor: Dan Shaver
Attorney to the Board: Stephen C. Greene
A moment of silence was held for town residents who recently passed away.

Town Clerk's Report: January fees paid to the supervisor were $1087.24 with a total of $1395.00 total for the month. Over 100 dogs have been licensed since January, this resulting with $500.00 collected for dog licensing and $114.00 going to the State for the spay/neuter program. The $2.00 late notice fee to dog owners has started with no complaints so. The taxes collected to date are $2,278,832.01. The checks paid to the supervisor from the warrant were Highway Fund $518,330.00 on Jan. 26 and General Fund of $104,928.00 on Feb. 10.

Public Comment: None

Historians Report: Exhibits on display this month
Present exhibits---Items from Cooper's store and Oleyourryk's barber shop and
various books on Dr. Walker, Winter pictures especially of 1966 blizzard.
Statue: Continued plans for Dedication ceremony---invitations, publicity etc.
Have co-opted the graphic design dept at SUNY Oswego for program and rack card.
Accessions: Various local pictures and a 3 volume set of the 147th. NYV by Tom Ebert
March 8 Tues. 6:30 pm
Opening of James Lee exhibit at White Marine Museum. Capt. Lee was an Oswego Town resident having married Julia Place. He was a Medal of Honor recipient, and is buried in Rural Cemetery.
Feb. 19 Sat. 10:30 am First meeting of Town Historical. Society.
Topic:  Roads, Hills and Valleys of Oswego Town--how they got their names
Meeting will be followed by Chili and Soup.

Supervisor's Report: Over the last few months the town has lost several of our residents Mr. Jack Scozzari who was our neighbor passes away, Mr. Jimmy Hull a wonderful man lost his battle after a fire, Mr. Don Pritchard, former member of our Fire Department and Mrs. Noreen Regan Culeton, former resident and sister of past Highway Superintendent Jim Regan, all will be missed.

We are grappling with rising state retirement costs, increases in health insurance for our employees and retirees. We are facing rising fuel costs, increases for sand and salt, employee cost for over time to keep our roads clear, and a decrease in state aid in Governor Cuomo’s budget. Even with the many challenges facing the town; I feel we are fiscally sound due to aggressive fiscal policies. 

Our highway dept. is second to none and have given up so much of their time to keep our roads safe.   I think all the highway worker deserve to be recognized, Mr. Mark Wilcox is our Highway Superintendent, his crew consists of  Frank Ferguson is his deputy, we have Shawn Regan, Bobby Izyk, Robbie Malone, Lynn Cooper and Eddie Lawton. We only have 6 full time employees who take care of 45 miles of roads every day.  Mr. Wilcox has a few seasonal workers too and he has done a very good job keeping cost down, and we are thankful. Our HW department laid the foundation for the Dr. Mary Walker statue that is scheduled to be erected in April! This project by the historical society has been years in the making and they are doing great job with this project! 

The historical society led by our Town Historian George Demass has enriched our town residents with events throughout the year, and I hope you will make every attempt to attend one.

The town board enacted new local laws in 2010. Acting on an unfunded State mandate that the municipality’ take care of our own dogs. We now have a new Dog Control Law.   The board also passed a local law that provides a tax exemption for our Cold War Veterans. The town board also enacted a local law which eliminates three assessors and provides for an appointed Sole Assessor.

The town has a new electronic database that inventories all the towns’ assets. This was a huge undertaking and was completed by a student employee.   This living document will be updated when items are purchased, or moved from one department to another. 

We were fortunate to be able to paint the town hall interior, and purchase new chairs for our meeting room.

We were able to modify the mail room / bookkeepers offices.  This was a necessary change for privacy and security of sensitive employee information.   

We striped the parking lot, defining parking, both for safety and order.

We purchased a new stove for the kitchen, for events held at the town hall as well as the Red Cross designation of an emergency shelter.

Our Cemetery crew continues to do an excellent job, and will begin spring burials in May, if weather permits.

NY State Real Property informed the town we are at 100% equalization again this year.

We made some repairs to the Ontario Heights Pumping Station and settled on a Sewer Use Agreement with the City.

I feel the town will face many issues in the next few years; it is not going to be easy, but things may have to change. Just as in our own homes we had to tighten our belts and do things differently so will we have to here at the town level.

Resolution 2011-23 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from January 10, 2011 town board meeting.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Shaver all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-24 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on Abstract #2 as follows:
General Fund
Highway Fund
Franklin/Baylis Lighting District
Edgebrook Lighting District
Sleepy Hollow Sewer District
Ontario Heights Sewer District
$ 121.25
$ 72.46
$ 920.22
$ 1,063.79
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Mahaney all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-25 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board appoints Victoria Mullen as delegate to the NYS Association of Towns Annual Meeting and Training School to be held February 20-23, 2011.
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Councilor Mahaney all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-26 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board approves the use of Town facilities for the events listed on the Historical Society 2011 calendar.
Attachment A
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-27 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board directs the Supervisor to sign the Sleepy Hollow Sewage Treatment Plant maintenance contract with G&G Wastewater Treatment of Oswego Inc.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Shaver all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-28 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board schedules a public hearing on Monday March 14, 2011 at 7:05pm to hear all interested parties on the renewal of the franchise agreement between the Town of Oswego and Time Warner Cable.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-29 Be it resolved that the Oswego Town Board directs the Supervisor to sign a one year contract with Integrated Facility Systems for a Preventative Maintenance Service Agreement
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, Second Councilor Shaver all ayes motion carried.

Motion by Councilor Shaver and second by Councilor DeSacia to close the meeting at 7:16 PM all ayes motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper, CMC
Oswego Town Clerk
Attachment A.
Job Title Name
February 19th Saturday 10:30 am ROADS, HILLS AND VALLEYS
March 19th Saturday 10:00 am THE CITY POOR HOUSE
Justin White, Oswego County Historian
April 6th Wednesday 6:00 pm GETTING READY FOR MARY!
Preparing for Statue Dedication
April 30th Saturday 9:30 am PARADE FOLLOWED BY
May 18th Wednesday 6:00 pm 150 YEARS AFTER THE CIVIL WAR
May 30th Monday 10:00 am MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE AT
June 15th Wednesday 6:00 pm ARCHIVE DAY
Bring a memento to share
July 12th Tuesday 6:00pm ICE CREAM SOCIAL
September 10th Saturday 10:00 am RURAL CEMETERY WALK
September 21st Wednesday 6:00 pm SUNY OSWEGO-150 YEARS!
October 15th Saturday 10:00 am CHURCHES OF OSWEGO TOWN
November 12th Saturday 10:00 am VETERANS’ DAY PROGRAM
November 19th Saturday 10:00 am DAIRY AND MUCK FARMING
December 2nd Friday 5:30 pm CHRISTMAS PARTY
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