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New Phone Number for Town Hall

We are pleased to announce that effective immediately, the Town Hall, Maintenance Garage and Courthouse now have a new phone system.

The new system allows us to connect calls between sites, forward calls to cell phones and transfer calls internally between offices. And because we operate with mainly part-time staff, the new technology with an automated attendant allows us to be more accessible to you. But please bear with us as we learn the new features. We are still in a learning curve.

As well as a new system, the main number to the Town Hall has changed to 315-343-2586. From this main number you can access the Town Supervisor’s office, the Town Clerk, the Assessor’s office, the Code Enforcement Office and the Courthouse.

Recognition of our Local Highway Department

The Town of Oswego Highway Dept. along with the Town of Wheatfield was recently highlighted in the spring edition of “Nuggets and Nibbles”, Cornell Local Roads Programs quarterly newsletter.  Both departments were featured for their willingness to tackle large projects in their communities, and the success and savings they achieved. 

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Meeting with State Assemblyman

While in Albany last Wednesday, I was able to meet with Brian Manktelow, our new State Assemblyman, to discuss CHIPS Funding and BRIDGE NY grant awards. Many other Highway Superintendents from Oswego County came with me, to meet Brian. I think he is going to be a strong advocate for our Town. Brian really does understand many of the difficulties we face daily, as he is the former Town Supervisor from Lyons, NY. I am looking forward to working with him in the future

Oswego County RABIES CLINICS 2019

• All Rabies Clinics are on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8pm
• All pets must be at least 3 months of age. Pets receiving their first rabies shot must get a booster within 1 year.
• All pets must be restrained on a leash or in a pet carrier.
• Proof of previous vaccination is required to qualify for a three-year certificate. Accepted forms of proof:
(a) “Certificate of Vaccination” obtained from veterinarian or Oswego County Environmental Division or
(b) “Dog license” showing rabies expiration date.

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An Update on the Thompson Road Bridge

I was recently asked about the closing of the Thompson Road, by the NYS DOT, and wanted to share with you the status of the project.    Currently, the Town has had discussions with a contractor for repairs to the existing culverts below, rather than a full replacement.  They have an engineering firm studying the bridge, and hope to have a report soon.  This will outline the feasibility of repairs and/or replacement along with the estimated costs.  Once they have that information, they will then be able to decide how to allocate funds for the repair or replacement option they chose to pursue.

Highway Superintendents Association

I traveled to Albany yesterday with our County Highway Superintendents Association. We met with Senator Patty Ritchie, center and Assemblyman Will Barclay, right and Assemblyman Mark Walczyk, left. Our discussion centered around the upcoming State Budget and local CHIPS funding. Later, we were able to meet with our newly elected Assemblymen representing the Town of Oswego, Brian Manktelow. 

David A. Sterio
Town of Oswego
Highway Superintendent
Superintendent of Buildings, Grounds, and Sewers
2227 County Route 7
Oswego, NY 13126
(315) 343-0937 office
(315) 591-0973 cell
(315) 343-0486 fax
oswegotownhighway@gmail.com

Dr. Mary Walker

This month marks the centennial of the death of Oswego Town’s own Dr. Mary Walker (1832 – 1919), who earned distinction as the first and only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Click Here to see the complete article from Oswego County News Now.

Grant Provided to Town will be Used for a New Snowplow

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As communities near Lake Ontario—and those in its lake effect snow band—are preparing for yet another potentially significant snowstorm, State Senator Patty Ritchie is helping make sure people living and working in one of our region’s snowiest towns are able to travel more safely by providing a grant to the Town of Oswego for a much-needed snowplow replacement. 

“Last winter, the Town of Oswego was hit with more than 200 inches of snow. That was one of the highest snowfall totals in the entire state,” Senator Ritchie said. “In order to handle that kind of snow, our towns must have the equipment necessary to keep up. I am pleased to have secured this grant for the Town of Oswego to ensure it can continue to handle the significant snowfall it will receive this winter and help keep people safe.” 

Currently, the Town of Oswego has five snowplows in rotation, but one is nearly 20 years old with several mechanical issues and a severely rusted frame. Using the $200,000 grant secured by Senator Ritchie, the town has purchased a 2019 International snowplow outfitted with Viking snow removal equipment critical to keeping roads clean—including a plow, wind and sander. 

“I would like to thank Senator Patty Ritchie for securing the $200,000 grant that allowed the Town of Oswego to purchase a new snow plow truck,” said Oswego Town Highway Superintendent David Sterio. “We greatly appreciate her support and the effort she provided so we can ensure our highway department can keep the roads clear and safe for our residents and travelers during our inclement weather.” 

The new snowplow is expected to be delivered to the Town of Oswego in the coming weeks .