By STEVE JONES Staff writer
The West Rome Riders snowmobile club is seeking city permission to allow power sledding on a 6.5-mile stretch of trail bordering west Rome.
The seven-member council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall. Its agenda includes legislation to support the club’s request that snowmobiling be allowed on a 6.5-mile portion of the Rome-Oriskany Canalway Trail. It would take an amendment to the state Canal Corp.’s rules to allow the access. Approval is granted on a case-by-case basis by the state for clubs that are members of the New York State Snowmobile Club.
The area covers a section of the trail from the end of Glur Road in the Town of Verona west to Lock 21 in New London. The section is not in Rome, but it does border Rome and the next leg runs east through Rome. The Town of Verona has already given its support to the application.
Over a year ago, the council gave its support to the Oriska Sno-drifters Snowmobile Club application to the state for permission to ride on another 6.5-mile stretch of the trail in the Rome-Oriskany area.
There are about 20 miles of canal trails in Oneida County. Additionally, there is a network of about 500 miles of groomed sled trails throughout the county.
The agenda also includes a host of training requests for various city employees, as is typical for the start of each year. Some of the training events have no cost, so the only cost for the is for meal reimbursement. Here is a breakdown of requests by department, with total costs.
¿ Police — seven requests (some for the same training on different dates). Chief Kevin C. Beach and Deputy Chief Kevin Simons will attend Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response for Executive Policy Makers ($20), four sergeants will attend training for missing persons ($20), nine patrolmen will attend suicide prevention and crisis intervention training ($45), Sgt. Thomas Smith and patrolman John Williams will attend a juvenile firesetter program ($20), Capt. John Bielby will attend Advanced Crisis Communications Strategies for Public Safety/Communications Supervisors ($5), 50 officers will attend Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response ($500).
¿ Fire — two requests. Lts. James Harris and Michael Bauer will attend first line supervisor training (no cost), firefighters Mike Davis and Keith Gorczyca will attend hazardous materials training ($218).
¿ Code Enforcement — one request: state certification for four employees ($1,400).
¿ Codes Director Mark Domenico, Deputy Director Paul Ziminski and Assistant Building Inspector Daniel Carpenter, as well as Public Works Commissioner Frank D. Tallarino Jr., will attend the Northern Adirondack Code Officials Association Educational Conference ($1,872).