City of Oswego slated for two-year property assessment – Oswego County Today

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OSWEGO – Oswego will undergo a citywide real estate appraisal over the next two years, a move the city needs for up-to-date information on homes and properties; the Municipal Council adopting the measure during the meeting of Monday, June 27th last night.

Oswego City Assessor Jennifer Reebel Torrese spoke at last week’s committee meeting, detailing the process. The assessment will cover a two-year period, expected to last from 2022-24. The city’s last assessment was conducted in 1995-97.

“This is a comprehensive inventory and data collection of all real estate in the city, as well as valuation and modeling to bring us to a fair valuation roll,” said said Torres. “They will start measuring every parcel in the city confirming the square footage [and] they will collect the inventory; front porches, back porches, swimming pools, fences, tool sheds, machine sheds – there are all different grades depending on size. So they will do a full inventory… They will draw the package – so by law we are required to have a sketch of each package on file They will need to take a photo of each package – this is also required by law of the state so everything will be done; this is the first step. So they will also measure the land, to make sure the area shown is correct, the frontage numbers are correct [and] the depths are correct. They will just check everything and update the information with which they find inaccuracies and discrepancies.

GAR Associates, LLC will complete the evaluation, costing the project over the next three-year budgets. The cost of the 2022 budget is $75,000.

Also adopted unanimously at last night’s meeting were the following:

  • Approval of the minutes of the municipal council meeting of June 13, 2022
  • Approving the use of public space – Erin Jones, Walmart representative, to host a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network at Breitbeck Park on Saturday, July 9, 2022
  • Accept the grant received under the 1033 Federal Express Surplus Property program for an armored police vehicle
  • Approve Unwanted License – Phillip Gordon and Sons, Inc.
  • Accept an offer submitted by Boardsafe Docks to Northeast Products and Services for work to be done on the main dock and adaptive kayak launch at Wright’s Landing Marina
  • Motion to rescind resolution NO. 174, dated June 13, 2022 – Subject: LaBella Associates, DPC – Amendment No. 1
  • Authorize the Mayor to sign Amendment #1 with LaBella Associates, DPC, for additional professional services for the Municipality of Conway; Center – Various projects
  • Authorize the Mayor to sign Amendment #1 with GHD Consulting Services, Inc. for additional HVAC and aeration tank structural upgrades for the Sewerage Treatment Plant Blower Upgrade Project east side
  • Authorize City Chamberlain to effect a transfer of funds from the Contingent Liability Account to the Anticipation Note Principal in the amount of $136,500.00 for a short-term principal payment for the Contingency Management Plan Improvement Project. Eastside Wastewater Treatment Plant Assets
  • Authorize City Chamberlain to transfer funds from the General Fund Reserve Account to the Youth Bureau Miscellaneous Account in the amount of $600.00 for the Shop with a Hero Program
  • Authorize City Chamberlain to complete a budget amendment to the street maintenance contract services account for the Arts Building parking lot and West Utica Street water repair projects
  • Authorize the City of Chamberlin to complete a budget amendment to the Engineering Contract Services Account for the emergency repair of the West Bank Riverwalk Linear Park turn ramp

Resolutions #195 and #196 were also passed without committee review. The resolutions would allow Oswego City Engineer Jeff Hinderliter to solicit bids for bathroom renovations at the East Linear Skate Park project and the Sheldon Beach project.

Renovations on both projects are progressing quite quickly; the move empowers Hinderliter to solicit bids for bathroom designs this week, putting the measure in place ahead of a vote at the next Council meeting. Resolution #183 has also been tabled until the next Common Council meeting.

To view the full agenda, please click here. All Communal Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, with the next meeting on July 11.

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