Council approves funding for trucks, cameras at city parks
The Common Council approved funding for several projects at its meeting Wednesday, a total of $185,000 for security cameras, two trucks for the fire department and a truck for Animal Control.
The bonding includes $48,000 for pole security cameras a city parks. The cameras would be in Franklyn’s Field, Gryziec Field, Guyer Field, Haselton Wright Park, Thron Park, Pinti Field, Stevens Field and the parking lot at Kennedy Arena.
When one resident who lives next to Fort Stanwix Park asked why that park is not on the list, Parks Director James Korpela noted that this is just phase one of a larger plan. “Our long-term goal is to have cameras in every park in the city.”
The other three expenses:
• A truck for the Animal Control Department for $32,000. This would replace a 2006 Chevrolet 1500 extended cab truck.
• A fire rescue truck for treatment and transport of sick or injured people for $70,000. This would replace Rescue One, a 2005 Ford F-550 with just shy of 100,000 miles on it.
• A pickup truck with plow for the fire department for $35,000. This would replace a 2011 Ford truck with plow.
Lou Taverna of Wellesley Road commented on the condition of the train overpass above Mill Street near the Martin Street intersection, saying the concrete above road is crumbling and exposing metalwork. Later, Councilor Frank R. Anderson, R-5, said the CSX rail company seems to be unconcerned with the situation based on aesthetics, but should be concerned because of safety.
He noted that U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer came to Rome and spoke a few feet away from that area in October 2014, and said the city should reach out to his office to find out what can be done. Councilor Kimberly A. Rogers, R-3, said the city should use its Code Enforcement Office to force CSX to fix the conditions. She voiced frustration that Schumer came to talk about conditions that he has not made sure have been remedied. The councilors noted CSX did repair its crossing over South James Street, but has not made repairs at Mill Street.
The council also approved $2,605,000 in bonding to fund the annual street repair project. Bids for the primary contract were opened this morning, through there are several other aspects of the work that will be done as additional contracts.
The low bid — $1,493,493 — was from Dolomite Products Co. of Rochester. The other two bids were $1,499,185 from Barrett Paving and Materials of Roseland, NJ, and $1,586,419 from Ocuto Blacktop and Paving of Rome.
The council also acted on last minute legislation authorizing the city to accept a $110,000 grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York for electrical upgrades at the city yard.