Common Council eyes funds for water system improvements

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The Common Council may approve $125,000 in budget increases to the city water fund in its meeting tonight.

The seven-member body meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St.

The increases to the water fund, part of the city’s 2019 capital improvement plan, will be spread across the Water Filtration Plant in Lee, Kessinger Dam in Annsville, and the water tank on Coleman Mills Road in Stanwix Heights.

The Lee plant is slated for paving and a “lagoon road” ($40,000), brickwork and repair ($25,000), and the installation of a security window ($5,000). A generator will be installed at Kessinger Dam ($25,000), and the Stanwix Heights tank will receive general repairs ($30,000).

Councilors will also vote on two agreements with the county.

Under the deal, Rome will ditch county roads and mow surrounding areas in the outside district for reimbursement. The city will receive $13,600 for ditching through Dec. 1, and $6,968 for mowing through Nov. 1.

The council is also expected to approve $1,075 in donations related to the “Rome Shines” Beautification Award program, which will recognize homeowners in each ward with especially well-maintained lawns and homes.

Adirondack Bank donated $750 for the program, while R. Jones Nursery, Ace Hardware, Olney’s Flowers and Walmart donated a collective $325 in gift cards for winners.

According to the agenda, the council will present Rome Shines Beautification Awards to:

Franck and Mary Costello of 801 Roosevelt Ave. (First Ward).

George and Marie Chubbuck of 7732 Coleman Mills Road (Second Ward).

Richard and Grace Bottini of 6811 S. James St. (Third Ward).

Mary Cote of 911 Union St. (Fifth Ward).

Joseph and Lesley Kornmeyer of 1701 N. George St. (Sixth Ward).

Ron and Helen Jackson of 101 W. Oak St. (Seventh Ward).

John and Shirley Boyea of 1106 Jervis Ave. (City-wide).

Other donations to be accepted by the Common Council include the following: $1,000 from McCraith Beverages, $1,500 from Davidson Auto Group, and $500 from Rome Restaurant Equipment for the Monday Night Summer Concert Series.

According to the agenda, Copperccino’s
Coffee House, 254 W. Dominick St., is seeking state approval for a liquor license, and has notified the Clerk’s Office, per the city code.

Also on tonight’s agenda:

A measure authorizing Codes Enforcement officials to attend an educational program in Canandaigua for $911.97.

A measure closing West Sycamore Street from Turin Road to Carroll Street on June 29 for Rome Free Academy’s graduation ceremony.

A measure closing off the parking spaces south of the Griffo Green on Wednesdays from June 5 to Sept 25 for the Downtown Market.

A measure closing North James Street from West Liberty to West Court Street for a period on May 27 for a Memorial Day ceremony.

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