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October 29, 2009

Date Set for Third Public Session on Hazard Mitigation Plan

John Condino, senior project manager with Barton & Loguidice, P.C., leads an interactive discussion about the county-wide, multiple-hazard plan. The public session in Pulaski introduced several ideas for the plan.

Oswego County - The Oswego County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee hosts a third public session on Wednesday, November 4 at 7 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall Ballroom on the SUNY Oswego Campus. The building is located on Washington Boulevard in Oswego.

“Once again, we are urging our community members to come out and offer their input on the county-wide, multi-hazard plan,” said Legislator Paul Santore, District 16, chairman of the Oswego County Legislature's Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee. “The fresh perspective of our residents helps to ensure that we address all of the possible hazards that may affect our county.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a grant to Oswego County to establish a comprehensive hazard mitigation plan for the county and its municipalities. It allows participants to be eligible for future funding from FEMA and input from multiple jurisdictions is one of the requirements.

Santore added, “We held our first public meeting last week in Pulaski and it was very well attended. The participants were engaging and we were able to incorporate new ideas that hadn't been suggested in previous sessions.”

The second public session will be held this week on Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in the Hastings Town Hall, 1134, U.S. Route 11, Central Square.

Hazard mitigation planning is the process of determining how to reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property damage resulting from natural or man-made hazards.

Members of the multi-jurisdictional mitigation planning team have been working diligently all summer with the Oswego County Emergency Management Office and Barton & Loguidice, P.C., the consultant for the project. The committee includes county departments, partner agencies, and representatives of 30 other municipalities.

“This group has put a great deal of thought and hard work into the process and we thank them for their efforts,” Santore noted.

The participating municipalities include the cities of Oswego and Fulton; the towns of Albion, Amboy, Boylston, Constantia, Granby, Hannibal, Hastings, Mexico, New Haven, Orwell, Oswego Town, Parish, Redfield, Richland, Sandy Creek, Scriba, Volney, West Monroe and Williamstown; and villages of Altmar, Central Square, Cleveland, Hannibal, Lacona, Mexico, Parish, Pulaski and Sandy Creek.

The Oswego County Legislature's Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee oversees the Emergency Management Office. In addition to Legislator Santore, the committee includes Vice-Chairwoman Linda Lockwood, District 5; and legislators Shawn Doyle, District 3; Mary Flett, District 17; Kevin Gardner, District 13; Margaret Kastler, District 1; and Lee Walker Jr., District 15.

For more information, please call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 315/591-9150.

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