City eyes changes to CDBG plan; council poised to transfer funds

Published Sep 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

The city wants to make a substantial amendment to how it will use almost $280,000 of its federal Community Development Block Grant funding obtained for last year. The Common Council will have legislation on the amendment on its agenda Wednesday.

The seven-member council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at City Hall. The amendment to the block grant funds would take funds from the revolving loan program, which was to receive $353,733.10. The amendment would leave it with $75,000. The demolition fund would receive $220,000 and the public facilities line item would get $58,733.10.

The council will also consider transferring ownership of four properties to the Greater Mohawk Valley Regional Land Bank. These properties were taken for non-payment of taxes. The transfers are meant to better enable remediation and resale. The properties are:

  • 115 1/2 Turin St., a 0.06-acre vacant residential lot.
  • 212 W. Bloomfield St., a single-family dwelling.
  • 513 N. Washington St., a three-family dwelling.
  • 102 Fort Stanwix Park N., a single-family dwelling.

The council will be able to accept a $43,262 grant from the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties to be used for the new handicap accessible bathroom and storage facility at Haselton Wright Park.

The grant will cover the last portion of the cots for construction of a new pavilion at the park. The project totals $145,000, including $100,000 from the state Dormitory Authority and the City of Rome supplying $1,738 plus in kind services of demolition of the existing structure and painting of the new pavilion. Construction is slated for the fall.

The council can also approve submitting a grant application requesting $125,000 from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) for facade renovations at City Hall.

The council can also approve accepting a $150,000 grant from DASNY for a mobile performance stage.