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(WSPYnews.com photo by Mark Harrington)

The Oswego Village Board met Tuesday night where water and lead service lines were discussed.

After replacing water meters inside the first 1,200 homes built in Oswego, the public works department made an important discovery.

Only five homes had interior lead pipes.  

Oswego Public Works Director Jennifer Hughes talked about the village’s treatment of water.

Homes built prior to 1986 were susceptible to lead piping, a concern for the neurological and physical development of children and also that affects the health of adults. Hughes said there is a potential for five more homes with lead lines or a total of 11 homes.

Hughes added there is not a public danger.

The village of Oswego has a plan for remediating those homes as Oswego Assistant Public Works Director Tim Zasada revealed.

Zasada said the homes were located in two areas, one near the old downtown, the other in a Route 25 area near Boulder Hill.

There was consensus among trustees to move the lead service line replacement program to the next village board meeting in two weeks for a final vote.

During the regular village board meeting, Hughes presented Oswego Police Chief Jeff Burgner with an award from the American Public Works Association.  At its national convention in Seattle, the association named the new Oswego Police Building as the National Structure of the Year winner.

In addition, the village will host an open house to solicit public suggestions for improving pedestrian safety on downtown Washington Street from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the village hall. Hughes said no solutions will be presented at the meeting.