Town Board
Town of Oswego
Town Board Meeting Minutes
May 9, 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 May 9, 2011 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: Notification was received from the County Treasurer that the tax collection is closed and all monies are accounted for. The final payment to the supervisor were as follows: Jan-Mar bank interest $1072.71, Penalties $4536.81, 2nd notice fees $178.00, County credit for 2nd notice fees $342.00, over pd checks from 2010 not cashed $4.00, petty cash $250.00. Total paid to the supervisor $6383.52. At the last town board workshop the board had some questions. The copier in my office is on loan from Judge Sterio. The osteo exercise class time varies, and my office is always covered while I am in the building, I have been a marriage officer since 2001 and my fee according to the Department of Health can be $75.00, I receive $50.00.

Supervisor’s Report: First thing I would like to congratulate Mrs. Cooper who was named District 5’s Town Clerk of the year! It is an honor for her to be recognized by her peers! Congratulations Mrs. Cooper.

George Demass our town historian is out in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and asked me to remind everyone that the Historical Society’s regular monthly meeting is Wednesday May 18 with Mr. Lamphere speaking on the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Lamphere will be showing a power point presentation to the audience.

Also the Memorial Day Service this year is on Memorial Day, Mon. May 30th at 10 am. at the Rural cemetery, a commander from Fort Drum will be the guest speaker.

We have had the very worst spring with at least 19 days of measurable rainfall. This has had a negative impacted on spring burials, and the maintenance of the cemetery. I am hopeful that they will have things ready by Memorial Day. Please know they do the best that they can, and will bring in some extra help to get us through the month of May.

As you know I have been working on ways to lower heath insurance costs for the last year. I met with our retirees last week and we have moved their insurance coverage to MVP GOLD, this is an excellent plan, and the move will save the town approximately 60 thousand dollars next year, and approximately 25 thousand for the remainder of this year. I am also looking into a new plan for our non bargaining employees and under 65 retirees at this time. N.Y. State Empire Plan; the same plan that covers Senators, Assemblymen and other State employees. I will have more information for the board soon.

We need to be diligent when spending tax payer’s dollar, especially facing a loss of revenue from the Metropolitan Water Board pilot agreement which ends in 2014.

We are in the process of changing our financing of the town hall from a yearly BAN to a 25 year bond. The bond payments will be approximately 45 thousand dollars a year for principal and interest.

The assessors have already held two of their 4 tentative rolls sessions, holding another session on Wednesday, the 11th from 4 pm -8pm and Saturday the 14th from 9 am to 1:00 pm appointments are encouraged.

The Board of Assessment Review will meet on Tuesday May 24th from 9am –noon and 5:00-8:00pm again appointments are encouraged.

On Tuesday May 17th, noon till 9:00 PM the Board of Education will hold their elections and Budget vote, here at Town Hall.

6 cemetery lots were sold in April, with one burial, No report at this time from Dog Control, No report for code enforcement at this time.

Public Comment: Holly Carpenter a representative from Senator Ritchie’s office stopped in to inform everyone that the Senator has an office open in the Oswego County Building if anyone wants to stop in.

Resolution 2011-50 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the minutes from the April 11, 2011 town board meeting.
Moved by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Shaver all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-51 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves the bills on abstract 5 as follows:






General Fund $58,920.02 v135-16
Highway Fund $12,379.18 v86-98
Sleepy Hollow Sewer District $ 921.24 v25,27,28
Ontario Heights Sewer District $ 373.66 v26
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-52 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board directs the supervisor to change the town hall BAN to a 25-year Bond effective 5/20/2011.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Herrmann all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-53 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board directs the supervisor to renew the town’s insurance with Oswego Valley Insurance Agency for the price of $25,469.67.
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-54 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board directs the supervisor to draft and send a letter to NYS retirement denoting that elected and appointed officials of the Town of Oswego will report retirement time through the payroll system, eliminating the need for logs. Elected and appointed officials will commence filling out monthly time sheets for the sole purpose of reporting time for retirement purposes.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Herrmann.
Ayes, DeSacia, Herrmann, Mullen, Shaver, Nay Mahaney

Resolution 2011-55 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board authorizes the Town Board member Daniel Shaver, DM Shaver Sales & Service Inc. to continue to do business with the Town of Oswego with services to the town not to exceed $750.00 annually, which follows the guidelines in General Municipal Law 800-803.
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor DeSacia all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-56 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board acknowledges the disposal of (1) Dell computer S/N 609WG61, Town Asset #100316, and removes it from the town inventory (unrepairable/obsolete).
Moved by Supervisor Mullen, second Councilor Herrmann all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-57 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board approves an increase in the petty cash drawer from $100.00 to $200.00 to cover increase in expenses and inflation.
Moved by Councilor DeSacia, second Councilor Mahaney, all ayes motion carried.

Resolution 2011-58 Be it resolved the Oswego Town Board the Oswego Town Board directs the supervisor to sign the Broker Letter of Record for retirees health insurance.
Moved by Councilor Shaver, second Councilor DeSacia.
Motion by Councilor Mahaney, second Councilor Shaver to close the meeting at 7:24 PM all ayes motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa A. Cooper, RMC
Oswego Town Clerk
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