County lawmakers may give municipalities more to clear snow

Published Sep 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

Although the snowfall season is still a few months away, it will be on the minds of the Oneida County Board of Legislators on Wednesday when the board considers an upcoming agreement with several municipalities to plow county roads.

Some of the other items before the board will be an agreement between the county Probation Department and the Rome School District, and the lease of about 31,200 square feet at a nose dock hangar at Griffiss airport.

The board meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the County Courthouse, 200 Elizabeth St. in Utica, in the ceremonial courtroom on the fifth floor. Among the agenda topics:

• A master template snowplowing agreement between the county and various municipalities calls for each municipality to receive a rate of $6,200 per mile for a term beginning Nov. 1 this tear and ending April 30, 2020. The prior agreement for 2016-17 and 2017-18 originally included a rate of $6,000 per mile, plus an additional $200 per mile was later approved due to harsh conditions the past two winters. The county has nearly 600 miles of county roads to plow each winter, and contracts out most of them to municipalities, legislator Michael B. Waterman, R-5, Camden, chairman of the Public Works Committee, said in July.

Municipalities that are listed in the agreement include Annsville; Augusta; Ava; Boonville; Bridgewater; Camden; Deerfield; Florence; Floyd; Forestport; Kirkland; Lee; Marcy; Marshall; New Hartford; Paris; Remsen; Rome; Sangerfield; Sherrill; Steuben; Trenton; Vernon; Verona; Vienna; Western; Westmoreland; Whitestown.

• An agreement between the county and the Rome school district involves the “provision of Initial Response Team services and other supportive efforts in an attempt to avoid formal Family Court involvement for students who have exhibited behavioral and attendance problems,” according to a proposed resolution.

The program would place two full-time county probation officers at the Rome Free Academy, Strough Middle School and Madison-Oneida BOCES alternative education sites at a total projected cost of $72,167, the resolution said. The cost would be reimbursed by the Rome school district for salary, fringe benefits, and related travel expenses for the two positions.

• A proposed lease agreement between the county Department of Aviation and NSA Management, LLC of Frankfort would include about 28,000 square feet of hangar space and about 3,200 square feet of office space at Nose dock 785 at Griffiss airport. Usage of the space would include corporate jets, according to the county.

The total lease cost would be $360,000 for an initial five-year term beginning Sept. 1 this year, according to county documents. There also would a subsequent renewal option for five more years after that, through Aug. 31, 2028, and including a 3 percent escalator on the base rent each year.