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Eighth annual RAP program to be held March 28

Oswego County BOCES, in partnership with many Oswego County agencies, will be hosting the eighth annual Regional Awareness Program for Young Drivers (RAP for Young Drivers) Wednesday, March 28.

This free program is open to the public and will include presentations by many area agencies including the following:

• The Oswego County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD)

• New York State Police

• Oswego County Sheriff’s Department

• Oswego County District Attorney’s Office

• Oswego County STOP DWI program

• Oswego County Traffic and Safety Board DUI Simulator

• Oswego County BOCES’ transportation department and

Oswego County BOCES’ driver’s education program

The program will be held at the Oswego County BOCES’ main campus location, 179 Co. Rte. 64, Mexico, and will begin at 7 p.m.

A wide range of topics will be presented at the program, including a victim/offender panel by MADD and Oswego County STOP DWI, junior license, seat belt use, distracted driving and more. New this year is a DUI Simulator from the Oswego County Traffic and Safety Board.

The simulator will realistically show students the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

RAP is aimed at young drivers and their parents, but all drivers are invited to attend this informative program.

It is held at this time of year to coincide with the changing weather and prom season. There is no charge to attend.

Each year, the program has attracted over 300 students and their parents to the event.

Those seeking more information may visit the Oswego County BOCES web site at www.OswegoBOCES.org.

Former Lewis County legislator wins FOIL lawsuit

by Carol Thompson

A former Lewis County legislator has won a lawsuit challenging the county’s handling of a Freedom of Information Law request.

State Supreme Court Justice Hugh A. Gilbert, in an eight-page decision filed, ruled the county should have provided Bruce R. Krug with information requested May 9, including a permit issued for a “special event” for all-terrain vehicles and a list of businesses delinquent on hotel occupancy tax as well as documentation in regard to the county’s action to collect the money.

Krug also requested the amounts of trail-permit fees and funding. Continue reading

Oswego Industries receives contract from Coast Guard

Oswego Industries has been awarded an AbilityOne contract to produce winter dress blue shirts for the United States Coast Guard.

The contract, signed in February, is the result of the company’s efforts to grow the Textile Manufacturing division with new product production to increase the mission on training and employment of persons with disabilities, military disabled and assistance of all people with barriers to employment.

This is the third military contract secured by Oswego Industries and is scheduled to begin production in May. The five-year contract will produce 1,780 units in the first purchasing year.

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County E-911 employees to receive overdue overtime pay

by Carol Thompson

Employees of the Oswego County E-911 department who were paid for regular time hours when working overtime are expected to receive compensation for the amount they were shorted.

The legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee voted Tuesday to transfer $56,460 from the contingency account to cover the cost of the additional payments owed to the impacted employees.

For 15 years, the E-911 Center has operated on a 12-hour rotating shift with no built-in overtime as agreed to by management, employees and the union representing the employees, according to an information memo submitted with the resolution to authorize the budget transfer.

-Look for the full story in the Saturday edition of the Valley News…

Leaders react to proposed Congressional district lines

by Carol Thompson

A federal court judge has redrawn the lines for the state’s congressional districts and the leaders of Oswego County’s two major political parties are in agreement that the division of the county would not be good for the residents.

“I strongly support Oswego County to be whole,” said county Republican Committee Chairman Mike Backus.

Oswego County Democrat Committee Chairman Mike Kunzwiler echoed the same sentiment. “I would have liked to see the county remain whole,” he said.

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One Tahoe purchase approved, another withdrawn

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee approved the purchase of a new Tahoe for the emergency management department while a resolution for a second Tahoe was never considered.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the committee unanimously approved the expenditure of $27,000 for an emergency management vehicle to replace a Tahoe with 77,000 miles that had been referred to as a “death trap.”

Last week, the legislature’s Public Safety Committee also approved the purchase of another Tahoe to be used by EMS Coordinator James Jones.

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County in good financial shape

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Treasurer John Kruk and Chief Accountant Mark See presented the 2011 annual financial report to members of the legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee Tuesday and the final word was that the coffer is in good shape.

The local fund equity is at $60,040,089, with the unassigned fund balance at $31,700,746. The unassigned fund balance, formerly referred to as the unappropriated fund balance, is down $5,664,451 from 2010.

The insurance reserve I down $12,504 from 2010 with a balance of $645,164.

Sales tax accounted for $4.6 million in revenue, with increased gas prices attributed as the reason for the increase.

The total real property tax levy increased and the generic tax rate decreased due to Entergy being back on the tax rolls. The 2011 tax levy was at $37 million.

-Look for the full story in the Saturday edition of the Valley News…