Ogdensburg mayor calls for executive session prior to regular meeting


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OGDENSBURG — Mayor Wayne L. Ashley has called for a special executive session to be held at 6:30 p.m. today, 30 minutes prior to City Council’s regular meeting.

The closed-door session is to discuss the employment history of a particular person, according to Mr. Ashley.

Mr. Ashley said Friday that he could not talk about why the executive session is being held before the regular meeting, other than to say it is to talk about the employment history of a municipal employee.

He would neither confirm nor deny that the special closed-door meeting is to discuss the conduct of Parks and Recreation Director Matthew J. Curatolo.

Mr. Curatolo has found himself at the center of an ongoing controversy over boat rentals and the procedure used for filling slips at the municipal marina.

“It’s a personnel issue, that’s all I can say about it,” Mr. Ashley said. “I can’t confirm or deny anything else.”

City Manager Sarah Purdy also said she could not talk about the special closed-door meeting.

“There isn’t a lot I can say about executive sessions,” Ms. Purdy said. “There are separate and distinct needs for the different ones at different times.”

At their regular meeting beginning at 7 p.m., City Council members are expected to vote on a resolution that introduces an amended city ordinance governing the rental of boat slips at the municipal marina. The resolution also sets the date for a public hearing, which is needed before changes to the code can be adopted by City Council.

The newly crafted draft rules call for those seeking a marina space to first prove residency by providing a driver’s license, a utility bill, a boat registration and proof of insurance.

The municipal policy for renting a space gives priority to city residents, but there are also about a dozen renters who live outside the city limits.

There is a waiting list of approximately 18 city residents to acquire spots for their boats at the marina.

In recent weeks some members of City Council have advocated for the removal of people renting boat slips at the marina who are not residents of the city of Ogdensburg.

The Ogdensburg Municipal Marina’s operation is supported solely through rental fees, and the taxes levied from city property owners.

The Ogdensburg Recreation Commission has disagreed with the idea of removing non-residents from the marina to make room for those on the city waiting list. Instead, the panel has recommended that outside renters be allowed to stay at the marina — if they pay a higher fee.

The City Council is expected to continue discussions over the marina rental process at today’s meeting.


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