By STEVE JONES Staff writer
The Common Council has offered its support to a snowmobile club’s effort to comply with new state regulations for permission to continue to ride on a trail in Verona.
For years, the West Rome Riders snowmobile club has maintained trails that include a stretch from the end of Glur Road in the Town of Verona west to Lock 21 in New London. Riding there was allowed by the state’s Department Parks and Recreation. Over the last year, the state’s Canal Corp. has become involved in the permit process too. The club is applying for the new level of approval, and municipalities on and near the trail are asked to support these requests.
"This is already a snowmobiling trail," noted Jim Rolf of the West Rome Riders to the council at its meeting Wednesday. The application is simply a part of a new process, he noted. The Town of Verona has already given its support to the application.
The vote was unanimous in favor of support. Councilors John M. Sparace, R-1; John B. Mortise, R-2; sponsor Kimberly A. Rogers, R-3; Ramona L. Smith, D-4; Frank R. Anderson, R-5; and Louis J. DiMarco Jr., D-7; all voted in favor. Councilor Anthony E. Darcangelo, R-6, was absent from the meeting.
The council also unanimously approved authorizing the mayor to apply for a state grant on behalf of the Rome Rotary Club to help fund Canalfest. The Department of Community and Economic Development will apply for a $500 2012 Event and Festival Sponsorship Program grant to support the Rotary’s annual Canalfest, with the club to match the amount. The city is applying for the grant because only municipalities and a specific type of non-profit group are eligible, and the club is not in that category of non-profit.
This year’s Canalfest is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 at Bellamy Harbor Park.
Also approved were a number of training requests for various city employees:
¿ 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).
Other council actions were:
¿ Authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the county’s Stop-DWI Program. The county will reimburse the city up to $22,000 for DWI selective enforcement patrols during 2012.
¿ Authorizing the mayor to submit an application for grant funding to the state Occupational Safety and Health Hazard Abatement Board for funding to be used for safety training. The city is seeking $11,250 for the entire cost of training for Public Works employees.