Council meeting to be conducted through audio livestream

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A meeting agenda for the Rome Common Council meetings have been released for this week. This time, there are changes as all meetings will now be conducted through an audio livestream due to social distancing guidelines currently being maintained because of coronavirus.

Regarding the 7 p.m. Wednesday Rome Common Council meeting, “due to the closure of Rome City Hall to the public, the Common Council meeting will be conducted remotely,” reads an online statement from the city. The meeting can be listened to using telephone call-in number 1-408-418-9388. The access code is: 716 585 141 #.

“All members of the public that wish to comment on a particular agenda item should do so in writing to jgrande@romecitygov.com no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting,” a statement continues. All comments received will be read into the record during the public comment portion of the meeting, information notes.

The brief agenda includes a resolution in support of rolling back bail reforms as well as an item accepting a donation to refurbish rooms at the Rome Police Department.

In a separate statement from Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo regarding changes the city has made in reaction to the global spread of coronavirus, she said, “We are experiencing changes to our lifestyle only seen in movies or on fictional television shows. But, the threat of virus spread is real and I strongly encourage all of our citizens to follow the federal health guidelines…”

Izzo’s remarks continue: “We are facing an invisible enemy but we will win the war over this virus. God Bless everyone and best wishes to your continued good health!”

At Wednesday night’s Common Council meeting, a brief agenda includes a measure to request amendments to New York State’s Criminal Justice reforms.

Resolution 49, if passed would make suggested reforms to state legislation enacted in 2019 affecting criminal prosecutions.

Among the city’s suggestions are: allowing 60 days for prosecutors to disclose evidence to the defense for criminal charges, allowing prosecutors to withhold sensitive information, such as victim contact information without having to obtain a court order and giving judges more discretion in setting bail.

If adopted, the resolution will be forwarded to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state senate and assembly leaders and other officials.

Another resolution, if passed would accept a donation from Oneida County in the amount of $3,341.89 to refurbish interview rooms at the City of Rome Police Department.

In another measure, the Common Council will consider a measure setting a bid process for the purchase of a pump and equipment used to transfer sludge in primary and secondary digesters at the Water Pollution Control Facility.

“The City of Rome is in need of replacing the outdated sludge withdrawal pump in the secondary digester basement at the Water Pollution Control Facility … the city currently has a similar pump … and city personnel are familiar with said equipment.”

The next scheduled Common Council meeting is April 8.

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