Oneida Council to discuss Energize NY, rail trail

Published Jan 29, 2018 at 4:00pm

ONEIDA — Oneida’s Common Council will receive a local law and also discuss the ongoing rail trail project in the Council Chambers, 109 N. Main St., during a public meeting tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m.

The council will receive and place on file a local law regarding the city’s participation in the Energize NY Benefit Financing Program.

They will then schedule a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 6 regarding the law. That hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Oneida’s participation in Energize NY allows it to offer Property Assessed Clean Energy financing for clean energy projects to companies that use clean energy practices in their business model.

PACE financing programs allow local governments to provide financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water efficiency projects that building owners pay back through property tax assessments.

Oneida joined Energize NY in October. “Oneida is open for business, and we are committed to helping our businesses stay in business by reducing our energy costs,” Oneida Mayor Leo N. Matzke said on the city’s website, oneidacity.com

Trail discussions

The Oneida Rail Trail is a multi-use trail placed on three railroad beds that organizers say will promote exercise and tourism in the city.

The trail when completed will run for 11.3 miles around the City of Oneida and extend towards the Village of Wampsville and the City of Sherrill.

The City Center is a pedestrian rest area along the trail located in Clinch Park, the small park between Oneida and Railroad Streets perpendicular to Oneida’s City Hall.

The center is expected to combine with a renovated historical district and the reduction of abandoned and nuisance properties to improve the city’s business climate, according to project supporters.

Construction on the City Center section of the Oneida Rail Trail has been delayed until spring because the end
of construction season had
coincided with a delay in the review process for construction bids.

Work was scheduled to begin this past fall.

Oneida city officials believe these improvements will attract tourists and also businesses to the area.

The city has welcomed five new businesses in 2017, and five more are considering locating in the city, according to officials.