Mayor Barlow Recaps Year, 2016 a Huge Success for City of Oswego
During Monday night’s Common Council Meeting, Oswego Mayor Bill Barlow recapped the first year of his administration, outlining several accomplishments and examples of success over the last twelve months. The Mayor spoke specifically to winning the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative from Governor Andrew Cuomo accounting for a large portion of the almost $16million the City secured in Grant funding in 2016 alone. The mayor also touched on securing grant money and creating new ways to raise revenue to stabilize the City water and sewer rates, resurrecting a brand new Code Enforcement Office to hold negligent landlords accountable, streamlining the building and permitting process for developers and small business owners, and executing a $850,000 paving plan throughout the City of Oswego over the summer months.
“2016 will forever be an unforgettable year for the City of Oswego as the new administration took office, laid out a plan and went to work. We pursued and successfully secured a significant amount of grant money, confronted many different problems that have plagued the City for years, closed a $1 million budget deficit to pass a unanimous on-time budget, stood up to negligent City landlords by ramping up our neighborhood code efforts, invested in our municipal buildings and City equipment, and brought an economic development emphasis to the City’s Community Development Office,” said Mayor Billy Barlow. “My administration tackled many problems and addressed issues that existed for thirty years or more in the City of Oswego. We were proactive, hard-charging, productive and effective throughout our first year in office, and I must thank my department heads, all City employees and the Common Council for supporting and executing the vision I have for our community. We took on several controversial issues and stood strong, and because of making changes and being aggressive, you can see the improvements in City Hall, in our neighborhoods, on the streets and all throughout the City,” Barlow continued.
Mayor Barlow also mentioned other initiatives conquered throughout the year including the creation of an Anti-Poverty Steering Committee, lower overtime budgets, a new City website, the establishment of a bi-partisan City Ethics Board, creating and executing a 5-year City-wide capital investment plan, and addressing the road collapse on State Route 48 and securing funds to pay for the new construction.
“2016 was undoubtedly a turning point for the City of Oswego. We have a massive amount of momentum and positivity in the community and we will continue to charge ahead, face the tough issues and produce results for our City residents, who deserve the best from their local government,” the Mayor concluded.