Bids on the contract for the planned Centro bus transfer station on West Liberty Street will soon be collected, following a vote by the Board of Estimate and Contract last week.
The board, comprised of Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo, Common Council President Stephanie Viscelli, and several of the mayor’s department heads, met Thursday morning in the council chambers at City Hall. To view the agenda, visit romenewyork.com/board-of-estimate-and-contract/.
The board voted to advertise for bids on the project, setting a July 11 deadline for bids to be filed.
The transfer station will be built on the south side of West Liberty Street’s 200 block, near City Hall. The project is eligible for $400,000 in state funding through the city’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) award.
City officials have said the new transfer station would include a “temperature controlled enclosure” with a ticket kiosk, a waiting area, and maps showing bus routes.”
Heated sidewalks for ease of access in winter months are planned.
Elsewhere downtown, more aesthetic improvements are moving forward. A $720,861.20 contract with M.J. Dakota of Oneida for the planned Art Plaza on West Dominick was approved. The contract is for construction of the project. The city signed with CLA Site of Saratoga Springs for $30,000 to design the Art Plaza last month.
The project is intended to highlight the city’s history as a portage spot along ancient water routes spanning from Manhattan to the Great Lakes. As the “Great Carrying Place” between the Mohawk River and Wood Creek, Rome held strategic significance extending into the 18th century.
The Art Plaza, between the Oneida County and Sentinel buildings on West Dominick’s 300 block, will feature of new concrete sidewalks with a granite inlayed map of the region’s waterways, landscaping, installation of a seat wall, lighting, and benches. There will also be a pedestrian stairway leading to the county parking lot below.
The board also accepted $70,000 from the county for use on the Art Plaza.
A related project on the same stretch of West Dominick, the SMART Walk stormwater management and landscaping effort, will cost less than expected.
The board voted to decrease the original $679,000 contract with M.J. Dakota by $32,964.50. In city documents, the contractor says it will reduce the square footage of two planned flexi-pave surfaces and the size of a planned sidewalk.
The SMART Walk project is currently underway on West Dominick’s 300 block. When completed, the block will be repaved, with new curbs and sidewalks and a flexi-pave border between the two. A median is being built, and roadside parking is planned. The new surfaces will be designed to ease stormwater drainage.
At the train station in south Rome, elevator upgrades will soon be underway. The board authorized a $83,900 deal with Elevattit Inc. for the project.
Elevattit will also provide “maintenance and repairs” on elevators at city locations, following approval by the board. The two year contract costs the city $10,080 annually, and covers elevators at City Hall, RACC, the Justice Building, Liberty-James parking garage and the train station.
A $9,000 contract with Atis for elevator inspection also met board approval.
The board voted to settle in a lawsuit with a former Rome Free Academy student concerning an incident alleged to have happened in 2013.
According to documents in state court, Rachel D. Fallon filed suit against the city and the school district, claiming she was “assaulted and battered” by Rome Police Department officer who “grabbed (her), pushed her into the school principal’s office and into a chair.”
The city will settle with Fallon for $22,500.
The officer named in the suit, Jason Paul, is no longer employed by the city.
The contract with Delta Engineers for design of the demolition of the LIberty-George parking garage was upped by $1,250. The firm will now add 14 additional parking spaces to the lot that will replace the garage, and will come up with a lighting plan for the site. The original contract was signed in December at $132,900.
Also approved by the board on Thursday:
A deal for $154,000 worth of cationic polymer for use at the Water Filtration Plant with Aries Chemical of Beaver Falls.
Advertising of bids for: repairs to the raw waste building; central station fire alarm monitoring of various city-owned locations; improvements to Clark Street.
Personnel changes within DPW.
The purchase of concrete and granite curb cutting services form American Curb and Concrete Cutters for $20 per linear foot for concrete, $25 per for granite.
Advertising for proposals for auditing services.
A $700 agreement with Work Related for professional services at Locktoberfest.
A $20,671 deal with Madonia Electric for underground electrical feeder replacement at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
A $1,875 deal with Orkin for outdoor spraying along city-owned roads.
Updated pricing on a contract with All Season Textiles for carpet cleaning at city-owned buildings.