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New York News: March 10, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

Assemblyman Will Barclay had a simple suggestion when he attended a recent briefing of the Assembly Energy Committee: update aged transmission lines and put more energy on the grid.

Barclay today attended the briefing with members of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). Barclay is a member of the committee and a proponent of renewable as well as nuclear energy.

Both nuclear and renewable energy have the ability to support and create more high-paying jobs in the Central New York region and put more energy on the grid, the assemblyman noted. Creating more power would lower the cost of energy for businesses in New York, he added.

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Maple syrup producers to host Maple Weekends

Several maple producers will host tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, and the following weekend, March 24 and 25, for the New York State Maple Producers Weekends.

Red Schoolhouse Maple, 2437 Co. Rte. 4, Palermo, offers visitors the opportunity to see the latest technology in maple sap collection and syrup-making.

There will be an all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, along with snowshoeing/walking tours of the sugar bush, sled dog demonstrations, coloring contests, and tours of the maple production process.

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Oswego County legislators consider bridge projects

by Carol Thompson

Three bridge projects will be on the agenda when the Oswego County Legislature meets March 15.

The projects under consideration for this year will include the County Route 55 bridge over Ox Creek in the Town of Granby. The bridge is listed on the highway department’s rehabilitation plan and is scheduled to be replaced and updated.

The bridge has no approach railing, substandard bridge railing, and roadway width. The resolution legislators are asked to consider would transfer $440,000 from a capital reserve fund.

A $350,000 budget transfer from the capital reserve fund is also being requested for the replacement of the Kranze Road Bridge over Sage Creek in the Town of Mexico.

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Pictured are dancers from the Fulton and Syracuse locations.

Irish dancers gear up for St. Patrick’s celebration in Fulton

Pictured are dancers from the Fulton and Syracuse locations.

Students from the Butler Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance recently performed at Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Everson Museum in Syracuse.

The dancers will be performing Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. for the Hibernian’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Hooley held at the Fulton Polish Home.

The Hibernians will be holding their annual event from noon to 6 p.m. Other entertainment  includes the Flyin’ Column from Syracuse and  the Kinlough Irish dancers. Traditional Irish faire will be available.

Oswego County E-911 radio tower project still on course

Oswego County E-911 Director Michael Allen recently reported to the Oswego County Legislature’s Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee that work on the county’s new radio tower project is on course.

“We are continuing to optimize radio equipment and finalize an emergency channel plan,” said Allen. “We are also working out the training component. Motorola will train our trainers who will go on to train others in the field.”

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Oswego County Solid Waste civil penalties set

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Solid Waste Director Frank Visser presented the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee with the civil penalty fee schedule recommended by the county’s Solid Waste Management Board.

During the Feb. 28 meeting, Visser said the penalties are intended to simplify the enforcement procedures for violation of the law. They are used as a last resort method to being perpetrators in compliance.

Those found in violation of using a residential transfer station sticker for business waste can receive a fine of $100 for the first offense and a $500 for a recurrent offense.

Multiple household use of a residential sticker can result in a $50 fine for the first offense and $150 for a recurrent offense.

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Oswego County seeks public heath director

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County is seeking a new director of public health. The current director, Dr. Dennis Norfleet has announced he will be retiring in May.

The director initiates, directs, manages, and regulates the county health department’s delivery of public health services throughout Oswego County.

The work is performed in accordance with applicable state and local laws under the general direction of the county administrator, the Health & Human Services

Committee of the Oswego County Legislature, and in cooperation with the local board of health, according to the job description.

The health department is comprised of divisions in the areas of Public Health Nursing, Children with Special Needs, Environmental Health, Public Health Education, and Emergency Preparedness.

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Oswego County spends thousands to collect decade-old debt

by Carol Thompson

Outside counsel has been hired to assist with the collection of a debt owed to Oswego County that dates back to 1998.

According to documents provided under the Freedom of Information Law, the county has paid the Syracuse based law firm Hancock & Estabrook, LLC a total of $25,712 to collect on a $90,000 judgment owned in the timber theft case of 1997.

The invoices provided by the county are for the time period April 28, 2010 through Jan. 31 and do not include any payments made prior to those dates.

The county has been attempting to collect the money owed by former highway department employee Brian Horning.

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