Common Councilors approve $5.4M bond for city bridge repairs

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The Common Council approved a multi-million dollar bond measure for bridge repairs throughout the city in its meeting Wednesday night.

The seven-member body passed the $5.4 million resolution, though members don’t expect to borrow that amount.

About $4.7 million in state funding awarded to the city late last year will be used to offset the cost.

Councilor Kimberly Rogers, R-3, said this week she only expected the city to bond for around $211,000.

The bridges slated for repair include the Floyd Avenue overpass just west of MVCC, and the infamously rickety bridge straddling the Mohawk on Railroad Street, parallel to East Dominick Street.

Bridges on Dewey and Seifert roads in the city’s outer districts will also be repaired.

Details of the repairs will be finalized this year and work is expected to begin in 2020.

Councilors also approved a $76,900 deal with firm D’Arcangelo and Co. for auditing of the city’s finances.

As the city has contracted D’Arcangelo for its audits for over a decade, Councilor Rogers said the Finance, Laws and Rules Committee has been working with City Treasurer David Nolan to put the contract up for bids.

She said the contract would cover city audits for 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Present were members of the 2019 Rome Youth Council, an advisory board of Rome Free Academy students.

“We’re looking forward to a good 6-7 months of learning about the government, and hopefully them having a good say in it all,” said Councilor Riccardo D. Dursi, R-5.

The council voted to apply for a $200,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant with a $40,000 local match.

If received, the money would be used to build a two-foot thick soil cap on a now-vacant site on Lawrence Street to ease future development.

Councilors signed off on allocating funds to civic organizations, per this year’s budget, incuding: $322,224 to Jervis
Public Library; $32,224 to Rome Art and Community Center; $31,680 to the Senior Citizens Council of Rome; $31,616 to Rome Historical Society; $14,000 to the Humane Society of Rome; $12,160 to the Capitol Civic Center; $10,880 to the South Rome Senior Citizens Center; $2,000 to the Rome Cemetery Association; $1,600 to the Mohawk Valley Runaway and Homeless Youth Program.

Also approved by the Common Council Wednesday:

A measure authorizing the city treasurer to attend a the NYS GFOA conference in Albany for $500.

A measure authorizing Codes Enforcement officials to attend the Northern Adirondack Educational Conference for $280 each.

A resolution determining that the bridge repairs will have no environmental impact, per state law.

Two measures authorizing the sale of city-owned properties and rehabilitation agreements with the new owners: 815 Elm St. for $10,512.48; 414 Matthew St. for $3,000.

A measure authorizing the sale of a city-owned property: 318 Lawrence St. for $500.

A grant application for $26,000 from FEMA to purchase fire fighting equipment.

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