Contract for school resource officers before councilors

Published Aug 21, 2017 at 4:00pm

The Common Council will have a brief agenda this week, with legislation including renewal of the police department’s school resource officer contract with the school district and a work session on the Old City Hall renovation project.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at City Hall.

The council has one vacant seat among its seven after the resignation of Louis J. DiMarco Jr., D-7, two weeks ago in connection with his guilty plea for unlawfully receiving over $19,000 in unemployment benefits from the state.

The mayor makes appointments for any vacated seats by choosing a person of the same political party of the person who left office.

In this case, Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo has not chosen a Democrat to take over the Seventh Ward seat and finish the term that ends at the end of this year.

The police department provides three school resource officers as well as officers for event security for each school year.

The district then reimburses the department the associated costs. The school resource officers are to be patrolmen Ciccone, Hoag and Utter, as well as Smith as the substitute. The officers work 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the department designates two marked patrol cars for the service as well.

The district’s reimbursement covers salaries and benefits. The total cost is $177,000. If the district wants the officers to work overtime, the district will also cover those costs. The district must also pay the overtime wages of officers working district events such as sports.

School resource officers receive specific training for the task.

Before the meeting, the councilors will again tour the Old City Hall site at 207 N. James St. with developer Matt Varughese of YES Development, the Rome-based company that purchased the building from the city and is renovating it.

YES is putting commercial space on the first floor and turning the second and third stories into apartments, three on each floor.

After the on-site meeting at 5:45 p.m., the councilors will meet at 6:30 p.m. with Code Enforcement Chief Mark Domenico in the caucus room at City Hall to discuss the project.

In March, the council voted to extend the agreement with the developer through the end of September to allow for more time for the work to be completed and the company to get a certificate of occupancy.

Built in 1894, the building sits just south of Veterans Memorial Park on the west side of James Street.