City Board of Estimate meeting on audio livestream

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In keeping with social distancing guidelines due to coronavirus, the 8:30 a.m. Thursday city Board of Estimate and Contract meeting can be heard via audio livestream, according to the city.

The stream can be accessed by telephone at 1-408-418-9388, and then by entering the code 716 585 141 #. Public comments can be submitted in writing no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting by emailing: jgrande@romecitygov.com. The comments received will be read into the public record during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Among agenda items, the board will consider authorizing the city clerk to advertise for bids for the supply and delivery of castings for manholes and inlet structures, according to a resolution.

The board will also consider authorizing the city to amend its trucked in septic rates at the water pollution control facility.

According to a proposed resolution, the amended fee would be $.05 per gallon for accepted disposals, and $.30 per gallon for grease and grit loads coming from outside the city of Rome.

In a February memo from Chief Operator Rick Kenealy to Department of Public Works Commissioner Butch Conover, Kenealy writes, “We have not increased our discharge fees for almost a decade and we feel it is time to update our fee structure. We currently charge companies $0.08/gallon for the first 15,000 gallons monthly and $0.03/gallon for anything over that in that same month. We also charge $0.08/gallon for anything brought to our chip pad from inside the City of Rome and $0.25/gallon for anything outside the City of Rome. Any waste brought to the chip pad from outside the City of Rome will be $.30/gallon.”

Kenealy further writes that changing the rate fee from the split structure and increasing the cost of waste to the chip pad would ultimately generate $100,000 in additional revenue.

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