Council unveils last agenda for 2017


As part of the last Common Council meeting of the year Wednesday, there will be legislation to eliminate public parking for most of the south side of the 300 block of West Dominick Street to allow for Centro bus parking. The legislation, however, comes three weeks after the signs went up and two weeks since the city started writing tickets for those who parked in the area.

The city’s contracted bus operator shut down its headquarters at the nearby Liberty-George Street parking garage and opened its new hub at the train station on Martin Street on Nov. 20. The new bus shelter on the south side of West Dominick Street went into service that day as well, and the public parking there went from the entire block to several spots on the west end of the block. There was already no parking on the north side of the block.

The seven-member council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at City Hall. It has already cancelled its meeting that would have been on Dec. 27 because of Christmas.

The council can also approve submission of a request for a $1 million grant application to Empire State Development at 500 Henry St., within the Erie Boulevard Brownfield Opportunity Area. It has a 10 percent match requirement for the city with in-kind services and/or cash contribution. The grant would cover costs associated with demolition and environmental cleanup at certain buildings within the former Rome Cable complex.

There is also legislation for a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program for DePaul Rome Housing Development for the housing complex it is planning to build on the site of the former DeWitt Clinton School at 423 Ann St. The 3.7-acre parcel is assessed for $100,000, and has been on the tax roll for about 13 years since becoming privately owned and taxable. DePaul is proposing a complex with 80 total housing units and would demolish the school for new construction. Rather than paying property taxes, DePaul will pay the city $300 per dwelling unit per year. There are also several property sales proposed:

  • 501 Turin St. to Andrew Rossi for $500. The 0.09-acre vacant residential parcel is assessed for $1,000, according to city records.
  • An unnumbered parcel on Old Oneida Road to Charles Pelano Jr. for $5,000. The 8.3-acre agricultural property is assessed for $8,000.
  • 411 Henry St. to Daniel and Gloria Salloum with a rehabilitation agreement for $5,500. The two-family dwelling is assessed for $10,800.
  • ​427 Pond St. to Danny Morgan with a rehabilitation agreement for $4,000. The single-family dwelling is assessed for $7,100.


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