City to accept waste from Chobani for digester facility


The city will soon begin to accept waste from dairy processor Chobani at the digester facility at 7180 E. Dominick St., following a vote by the Board of Estimate and Contract.

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, 198 N. Washington St. To view the agenda, visit

City Hall has long sought to charge industrial clients to dump waste at the facility, where workers expanded processing capacity in February. At that time, Councilor Frank Anderson, R-5, called the effort “a potential revenue driver” and said that the city “might even be able to take the waste water treatment plant offline, to where (Rome is) not paying for electricity and things like that, that the revenue we have coming in will help balance the expenses.”

Per the agreement with Chobani, the city will accept “up to 320,000 gallons per month” of whey byproduct at a rate of 3 cents per gallon. Any number of gallons dumped over 320,000 will be charged at 2.5 cents.

The agreement says Chobani could dump 24/7, and anticipates “two loads per day” dumped, while allowing for “such other frequency as agreed between the parties.” Chobani defines a “load” as between 5,800 and 8,400 gallons of waste.

If Chobani were to dump 5,800 gallon loads twice daily in a thirty-day month, the city would earn about $10,000, per the agreement.

The board also approved a change order to the contract with C.O. Falter of Syracuse for work at the UV facility on Stokes-Lee Center Road.

It’s the thirteenth increase since the contract was inked in 2015, and brings the total price tag for work at the site to $7,551,257.07 — up by more than $1.3 million from the original $6,245,101 amount.

Commissioner of Public Works Butch Conover said the increase will cover costs associated with the 2017 chlorine leak at the plant, which damaged equipment.

The board also approved a $12,800 increase for a contract with CLA Site for work on the planned West Dominick Street Art Plaza, between Madison and George Streets. When completed, the plaza will feature an inlaid map of the area’s waterways on the sidewalk, along with sculptures and an access stairway to the county parking lot below.

Workers removed this week the stone monument on the site commemorating the city’s role as the “great carrying place” between the Mohawk River and Wood Creek, a vital portage spot on ancient water routes from Manhattan to the Great Lakes. The new art plaza will keep the same theme.

The increase will cover costs of electrical engineering services, engineering services for the small retaining wall in the parking lot, and for drainage at the site.

A 2018 deal with Lince Security of Lee for cameras at the City Yard was rescinded, as well. The $5,000 contract was instead awarded to NCC Systems of Watertown. The Lince deal would provide the city with 16 cameras and a 32-inch monitor. Under the new contract, NCC will provide the same while also programming and testing the system and training employees on its use.

The city will also extend a contract with Northeast Uniforms of Yorkville for the supply and delivery of uniforms for city workers. The board originally approved the $25,000 contract last April.

Also approved by the board on Thursday:

A resolution to pay Johnson McMahon $1,500 to instruct a “Youth Summer Tennis Program” at the Franklyn’s Field tennis courts.

A resolution to pay Vitality Fitness and Wellness Organization $1,000 to conduct a “Youth Summer Fitness and Fun Program” at Franklyn’s Field.

A resolution to pay Chad Reese of the RFA Varsity soccer program $1,000 to instruct a “Summer Soccer Clinic” at Franklyn’s Field.

A resolution to pay David Bruce’s American Martial Arts $500 to instruct a “Summer Youth Karate Program” at 143 W. Dominick St.

A resolution to pay Bailey’s Karate School $500 to instruct a “Summer Youth Karate Program” at 5872 Rome-Taberg Road.

A resolution to pay Varano Super Jump $1,500 to conduct a “Junior Series” summer fitness program at Franklyn’s Field. Per Varano: “Each Thursday will feature a different interactive inflatable that focuses on fitness ...”

A resolution to pay Robert Schoener $1,500 to instruct a “Youth Summer Basketball Program” at Franklyn’s Field. To include instruction by SUNY Poly basketball coaches.

A $290 budget transfer within Animal Control for repairs to “electrical fixes at the kennel on Black River Boulevard.”


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