City’s Board of Estimate eyes next phase of water main extensions


Phase two of the city’s water main expansion project is complete, following a vote by the Board of Estimate and Contract this week.

The board, comprised of Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo, Common Council President Stephanie Viscelli, and several of the mayor’s department heads, met at 8:30 Thursday morning in the council chambers at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St.

The vote closed out a $4,719,500.55 contract with Memphis, New York firm Highlander Construction for water main extensions in northwest Rome. Board members also approved a $513,986.95 decrease in the contract, bringing the total down from its prior $5,233,487.50 pricetag.

Department of Public Works Commissioner Butch Conover said that the next phase in the expansion is still being designed, and will include about five miles of water main extensions along and around West Thomas Street, Link Road, Humaston Road and NY State Route 69.

Conover expects work on phase three to begin in early 2020.

Board members also voted to purchase a “mobile command center” for the Police Department from Rollingstar Manufacturing of Barneveld for $274,995.

In December, the board authorized Rome Police to accept a $275,000 state grant for a command bus to replace the one in its fleet from the 1990s. The new bus, city officials have said, will feature communication equipment for police and fire personnel in the field, and will serve as scene command in harsh weather conditions.

The city will contract with Raulli’s Iron Works, a Rome firm, for $20,500 in repairs to the fire escape at the Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St. The board contracted with Zangrilli Engineering of Whitesboro in September for repair designs.

As spring draws near, the city is preparing for its warm-weather festivities by approving three contracts with amusement services providers, including:

A $375 contract with Varano Super Jump (Rome) for services at the city Easter Egg Hunt on April 17.

An $850 contract with Scotty’s Jump-n-Fun (Rome) for services at the city Summer Kick-Off party on June 21.

A $1,194 contract with NY Party Time Event Rentals for services at the Summer Year-End Carnival on Aug. 8.

Board members also agreed to amend a December personnel change that upgraded one waste water treatment plant operator to waste water treatment plant shift operator. The amendment provides for the upgraded worker to be paid under the 2019 budget.

Also approved by the Board of Estimate and Contract on Thursday:

The deletion of a position of “senior planner” and the addition of a position of “planner” within the Department of Community and Economic Development.

A rehabilitation agreement with Nathanael P. Drummond and Henry J. Perez Jordan for the city-owned property at 400 Henry St. for $5,000.

A rehabilitation agreement with Brian J. Townsend for the city-owned property at 822 Erie Boulevard West for $31,000.

The sale of a city-owned lot at 824 Erie Boulevard West to Brian J. Townsend for $2,500.

Rejecting bids and readvertising of bids for liquid chlorine (50 tons) and liquid zinc orthophosphate (5,000 gallons) for water treatment work.


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