By STEVE JONES Staff writer
The price of extra fire coverage purchased by the city from two volunteer companies will stay the same in 2012.
The seven-member Common Council is expected to renew contracts with two local departments for additional coverage of parts of south and north Rome at its first meeting of the year at 7 p.m. today in City Hall.
Contracts with Stanwix Heights and Lake Delta volunteers that would pay each department $4,000 in 2012, unchanged in each of the last four years.
The city contracts with the two departments for extra coverage in parts of Rome most distant from central station on Black River Boulevard. The city’s 84-man department protects 72.66 square miles. A second station is on Laurel Street.
The Lake Delta department helps cover parts of north Rome. Stanwix Heights helps cover south Rome.
Councilor John B. Mortise, R-2, will likely recuse himself in the vote for Stanwix Heights, as he is a member of the department.
The council will also have a group of proposed land sales to vote on. Each deal will require support from at least five of the seven councilors.
The first is the sale of 216 Depeyster St. (rear) to John and Melissa Sabatino for $500. The 0.01-acre vacant parcel is assessed for $300, according to city records.
The other proposed sale is for 7153 Brennon Ave. to Bank of America for $3,000. The 0.06-acre vacant parcel is assessed for $1,000.
There are also three proposed rehabilitation agreements. In these deals, not only is there a sale price, but also an agreement that the buyer will perform specific improvements. If those improvements are not made by the stated deadline, the city can keep both the sale price and the property.
The first rehabilitation agreement is for 1148 Floyd Ave. and an unnumbered parcel on Floyd Avenue to Brian J. Townsend for $2,000. The numbered parcel is a mixed commercial-residential building assessed for $17,000. The unnumbered parcel is a 0.07-acre vacant parcel assessed for $3,000.
Another rehabilitation agreement is for 415 W. Park St. to Mark Parker for $10,200. The single-family house is assessed for $17,000.
The last rehabilitation agreement is for 7121 Taft Ave. to Diane Sawicki for $500. The single-family manufactured home is assessed for $11,000.
Reassignment of offices in City Hall is also up for approval.
Proposed by Council President John J. Mazzaferro and Mayor Joseph R. Fusco Jr., the plan is to reassign the former public safety commissioner’s office in the northwest corner of the second floor to the council president.
The public safety office will be moved to the basement. Also, the second floor office used by the previous administration’s mayoral chief of staff will be reassigned to the mayor’s assistant, Kathleen Perry. She will still work from her desk next to the mayor’s office, but will also have her own office for privacy when working on research or other projects, Fusco said.