John D. McGraw was named the Fulton Fire Department’s 2011 Firefighter of the Year.
McGraw, a 17-year member of the fire department, has spearheaded many projects.
During the past year, he has been the driving force behind the submission of two equipment grants and he has been the liaison between the county and the department during the transition into the newly purchased county wide radio system.
Without a contract for nearly a year and a half, the review process for selecting a vendor to provide data imaging services for the Oswego County clerk’s office is expected to be underway in the near future.
A committee will be selected soon, Legislator Terry Wilbur told members of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee when they met Wednesday.
An update on the progress of the request for proposals was on the agenda, however, due to the absence of County Administrator Phil Church, Wilbur said he had only a brief update.
Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia presented members of the Community and Consumer Affairs Committee with a proposal that would return a program that allowed a tax exemption for home improvements.
“When this option was available previously, homeowners were exempt from paying the full amount of the increased assessed value until five years after completion,” Farfaglia wrote in a memorandum to members of the committee.
The committee voted Wednesday to table the proposal, not because they don’t support it, but because they want to obtain more information.
Three Fulton companies are among the first 517 business to receive low-cost power grants under New York State’s new ReCharge New York program.
Canfield Machine & Tool, Huhtamaki, and Interface Solutions are among those listed as receiving the low-cost power grants.
The companies are receiving a share of the first installment of 910 megawatts of low-cost power set aside to create and protect jobs as part of a major overhaul of New York’s economic development programs. One megawatt is the equivalent of power used by 800 to 1,000 typical homes.
The Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee approved the transfer of $18,000 from the contingency fund to be used for mosquito surveillance during a meeting held Wednesday.
Last summer’s increased mosquito population and the death of a child from eastern equine encephalitis has resulted in the county health department taking more aggressive action against the disease carrying vector.
Legislators instructed the health department to pursue a more regional approach to the problem. Two additional seasonal staff persons were added to the 2012 budget.