Common Council set to receive mayor’s proposed 2019 budget

Published Sep 25, 2018 at 4:00pm

The Common Council has some business ahead of its regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting.

Councillors will hear the mayor’s 2019 municipal budget in a special session at 5 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., the public can weigh in on proposed updates to the city’s zoning codes in a hearing before the council.

The seven-member body will gavel into regular session at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St.

The proposed updates to the zoning code add principles for economic and environmental sustainability to the city’s ordinance.

The updates would be Rome’s first since 2004, and were
developed through consultation with the Chicago-based firm Camiros in a process that began in 2015.

Councillors will also vote to issue $200,000 more in bonding for the construction of the city’s wastewater disinfection facility.

The council originally issued $6 million in bonding for the project in late 2016, before extending $500,000 more in June to cover growing costs.

The city will renew its agreement with the county to remove snow and ice from county roads for reimbursement through 2020.

Legislation says the county will repay the city for a total of $93,062 a year — $6,200 per mile of road plowed — for its services.

The council will also vote to revise city taxicab policy. At present, the Taxicab Committee — made up of two mayoral appointees and one selected by the council — meets three times yearly and establishes the number of taxicab licenses.

One resolution before the council calls for the committee to meet only twice yearly; the other moves the taxicab license yearly expiration from April 1 to Dec. 31.

Also on the council’s agenda:

  • A resolution allowing City Treasurer David Nolan to attend a local government conference in Manlius.
  • A resolution authorizing the city to pay $608,182.97 in taxes, water rents, sewer costs and any other special assessments on city-owned property acquired through tax redemption sales.
  • A resolution allowing the city to accept donations totaling $1,500 for the 2018 Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
  • Resolutions stating that the proposed Zoning and Sustainability Updates will have no adverse environmental effect, per state law.
  • An ordinance authorizing the mayor to sell the empty, city-owned lot at 900 Elwood St. for $1,000.