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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Oswego seeks artist for manhole cover art project

The Village of Oswego is seeking artists to submit proposed artistic designs for manhole covers to be placed throughout portions of downtown Oswego.

The project is an early step in establishing a vibrant permanent public art collection in Oswego, part of the mission of the Cultural Arts Commission, which has been laying the groundwork over the past several months to develop an aesthetic and guiding principles for a public arts program.

Approximately 20 manhole covers will need to be ordered for new developments in the downtown, including streets around the Reserve at Hudson Crossing and a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare on the former Village Hall block.

“It might seem an unusual site for a piece of art, but we’re excited about the possibilities that might be out there to incorporate a little something unexpected in our downtown,” said Jenette Sturges, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Village of Oswego. “Covers in a lot of American cities include city logos or symbols, but other countries get very playful with their manhole covers, turning a utilitarian bit of infrastructure into something engaging and fun. We are excited to see what local artists propose.”

Since the new covers will need to be purchased for upcoming development projects, this call for artists allows the Village to add to the public art collection at minimal additional cost.

The design for the manhole covers will be selected based on the artistic merits of the design and how well it builds upon the established aesthetic. Complete guidelines on how to apply, plus information on the downtown Oswego aesthetic and design constraints of the manhole covers are available on the Village’s website at www.oswegoil.org/business-and-development/bids-and-rfps.aspx.

Artists and designers can submit up to three different proposed designs each before Thursday, Jan. 17.

A selection committee, including members of the Cultural Arts Commission, Village staff, residents, business owners and other community stakeholders, will decide on approximately three finalist designs, which will be awarded $200 each. Following consultation with the manhole cover manufacturer, a single final design will be selected, awarded $1,000, fabricated, and placed throughout downtown.

To submit

To submit designs for consideration, review the official Request for Proposal and additional documents at  www.oswegoil.org/business-and-development/bids-and-rfps.aspx. Submit up to three designs, which can be produced digitally or manually, according to the instructions in the Request for Proposal, by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Questions?

Contact Jenette Sturges, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 630-551-2392 or jsturges@oswegoil.org.


Curbside Tree Collection goes through Jan. 11

Groot will collect Christmas trees curbside for free after the holidays through Friday, January 11. 

Place your bare tree, free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, or any other decorations by the curb on your regularly scheduled garbage day. Do not bag your tree or place a yard waste sticker on it. 

After the second week in January, residents will be required to wait until April when the yard waste program begins again, and a sticker will be required at that time. 


Curbside tree collection

Groot will collect Christmas trees curbside for free after the holidays through Friday, January 11. 

Place your bare tree, free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, or any other decorations by the curb on your regularly scheduled garbage day. Do not bag your tree or place a yard waste sticker on it. 

After the second week in January, residents will be required to wait until April when the yard waste program begins again, and a sticker will be required at that time. 


Intern with the Village of Oswego

Gain hands-on experience and build your resume this year in a variety of fields with an internship with the Village of Oswego.

Current college students are encouraged to apply for internships in the following fields:

  • Marketing and Events: Our marketing and events interns get real world experience in marketing, content writing, social media and event planning and management. They help write and curate content for our websites and social media outlets, and have fun staffing events throughout the summer, and add to their creative portfolios. The Village has openings for a marketing intern available immediately and in the summer.  
  • Public Works: Get outside and learn more about how a municipality operates. Public works interns perform a variety of tasks related to Village streets, forestry, water and more.
  •  Code Enforcement: The code enforcement intern helps identify and enforce code violations related to weeds, watering and other summer issues. Work independently and learn alongside our code enforcement officers, and gain valuable experience in government operations, customer service, and building and development issues.
  • Administration: The administrative intern learns about local government operations and assists with preparing reports and correspondence, maintaining records, and assisting residents with questions for several departments includes the Village Clerk, Community Development and Building and Zoning.

All interns earn $10 an hour, work part-time hours, and offer opportunities to learn and grow in a workplace committed to coaching and career development.  

Visit the Village of Oswego’s Job Openings page for more details about how to apply.


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