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Valley Viewpoints: Water chestnuts

by James Karasek, County Legislator

I would like to respond to a Valley Viewpoint about the spraying of the invasive weeds on the Oswego River.

First, each homeowner along the river should have received a letter from Soil and Water in regards to the treatment of the water chestnuts this year. Yes, there will be a round of treatment applied this year.

Soil and Water informed me that they have switched the chemical to be used and there was an approval process that took longer than planned.

The process should begin at the end of this month.

New this year is that we are working with Onondaga County in this treatment and that will hopefully be a better attack with the water chestnuts not moving from one county to the other.

Soil and Water has requested that if you have any questions on this year’s program to contact them. The number for Soil and Water is 592-9663 and the e mail is: infotmation@oswegosoilandwater.com.

As always, if I can be of assistance in answering any questions please contact me.

Valley Viewpoints: The dominos are lining up

by Oswego County Legislator James Karasek

When I was a child, toys were a simpler past-time than they are today. We had a set of dominos that was kept in the lower desk drawer and every now and then I would get them out and stand them on end.  It was a simple task to push the first one and see them all fall.

It took practice and it took time to get them to stand up on end and yet make sure the spacing was correct. The actual time it took for them to fall was quick, but you had to have everything in place just right to make it work.

I later came to appreciate the “bones” for what they were, the dots become strategy and the slap of the game piece on the table was the” in your face” play that I felt sure was the winning move.

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Oswego County legislators debate FOIL requests

by Carol Thompson

Members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee held a lengthy debate Monday on the Freedom of Information Law and whether sitting legislators should be required to make a written request for records and information.

The committee had before them a 1998 opinion from New York State Committee on Open Government Director Robert Freeman, which referred to a former legislator seeking records.

Legislator Shawn Doyle asked if it was the most recent opinion.  County Administrator Phil Church said that the county attorney had obtained the opinion. He suggested Freeman be contacted to determine if there is a more recent opinions.
Court cases have changed the outcome of some of the older opinions.

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