Council OKs funds for cleanup of east Rome site
ROME — Rome Common Council approved two amendments to a previously introduced resolution and ordinance concerning revised anticipated project costs for remediation of the property at 1333 E. Dominick St. during its regular meeting held in Council Chambers of City Hall Wednesday.
The city demolished the structure at the site — the former Nolan Manufacturing building — in 2017. The East Rome parcel had a long history in the city, prior to be foreclosed on by the city for non-payment of taxes in 2004.
Beginning in 1914, the site was home to Rome Macaroni Manufacturing. In the 1920s and 1930s, the property contained a gasoline filling station and automobile repair shop. Beginning around 1971, the site was used for the manufacturing of specialty machinery for the printing industry by Nolan Corp. then used as a sawmill in the 1990s before falling vacant with the grounds covered with a varied of debris and junk vehicles.
Before the resolutions were presented, City Treasurer David C. Nolan requested that the council replace a table that appeared in Resolution 63, and to replace Ordinance 9525 with the revised ordinance presented to them before the meeting.
Resolution 63 would authorize an amendment to the 1333 E. Dominick St. ERP Project Capital account previously authorized under Resolution 10 of 2022. A motion was made by Third Ward Councilor Kimberly Rogers to amend the original amount of $110,000 of the Local 10% and Source Total, to reflect $1,100,000, which was unanimously approved.
According to the legislation, the amendment is relative to the current State Assistance Contract (SAC) for the 1333 E. Dominick St. remediation site. Construction bids received were found to be competitive, albeit in excess of the current ERP funding available for the completion of the work. The driving factor behind the cost increase is directly related to rising diesel fuel costs, the legislation said. Costs associated with trucking and disposal of PCB contaminated soil accounted for 75% of the total project cost.
On Wednesday, Resolutions 61-63 dealt with revised anticipated project costs for 1333 E. Dominick St.
Ordinance 9525 authorizing the issuance of $1,677,778 additional serial bonds to finance the cost for the demolition of municipally-owned 1333 E. Dominick St. was also unanimously approved. On May 12, the council approved the adoption of Ordinance 9442 authorizing the issuance of no more than $303,000 in city bonds to finance the costs of various projects, and Ordinance 9525 would authorize the expenditure and appropriation of additional funds in connection with the East Dominick Street parcel.
The demotion and remediation of the site has a maximum cost of $2,777,778, constituting an increase of $1,677,778 over the amount authorized by the Prior Bond Resolution.
- Resolution 61 authorizing to amend Resolution 118 approved in 2019, to include a revised anticipated project cost and local match for 1333 E. Dominick St., to reflect a source total of $1,100,000, to match the amount in Resolution 63.
- Resolution 62 authorizing an amendment to Resolution 118 approved in 2019 to revise anticipated project costs and a local match for remediation and clean-up work of a parcel at Lawrence and Martin streets, with a total project cost of $810,985, with 90% of the costs provided by state DEC grants.
- Resolution 64: Authorizing an agreement with Oneida County STOP-DWI for Crack Down Patrols for $5,280.
- Resolution 65: Authorizing an amendment to the 2022 water budget and general funds for an increase in cost of Information Technology equipment in the amount of $6,975.
- Resolution 66: Authorizing an amendment to the 2022 police budget for the purchase of a 60-month software license related to the purchase of new pole cameras for $15,300.
- Resolution 67: Authorizing the appointment of Edward Seelig, 810 Belmont St., to the Taxicab Committee for the city.
- Resolution 68: Authorizing amendment of Ordinance 9510, approved March 9, for a capital project account for Woodhaven water and sewer infrastructure for an additional $3,483,000 from Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.
- Resolution 69: Authorizing an amendment to the 2022 budget for the Waste Water Fund of $37,000 for installation of fiber optic telecom services.
- Resolution 70: Authorizing the City Clerk to advertise notice of a public hearing with regard to the expenditure of money from the Repair Reserve Fund for city dams, specifically $259,500 for the Kessinger Dam engineering proposal, and $320,000 for the Boyd Dam engineering assessment. The hearing has been scheduled for 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, June 22.
- Resolution 71: Authorizing expenditure of money from the Repair Reserve Fund for city dams with a recommendation by city officials for the specific use of funding from the fund at $259,500 for Kessinger Dam and $320,000 for Boyd Dam.
- Ordinance 9522: Authorizing the closing of a portion of North James Street from Erie Boulevard to West Liberty Street, along with a portion of West Dominick Street, for the 2022 Cycling the Erie Canal event from 4 p.m. Thursday, July 14 to 7 a.m. Friday, July 15, on the condition there is access to the parking lot where Bostwick Liquors and WellNow urgent care are located.
- Ordinance 9523: Authorizing the placement of no-parking signs on the north end of East Bloomfield Street at Roosevelt Avenue.
- Ordinance 9524: Authorizing the placement of “Deaf Child Area” signs on North Madison Street at each intersection between West Linden and West Locust streets.
First Ward Councilor John M. Sparace also gave an update on police body cameras. Sparace said he was informed by Police Chief David Collins that the manufacturing company for the cameras and software — Axon Enterprise, Inc., of Phoenix, Ariz. — pushed back training for Rome Police from June to July 20.
“That’s a tentative date — it could be longer,” Sparace added. “We are waiting on them for the training, and unfortunately we got pushed back.”
During the public comment portion of the meeting, Aiden Goldman, a member of the Rome Youth Common Council, announced among his extracurricular activities that he teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and is proposing to work on a project to bring a refugee settlement to Rome. An information session is to be held next month. Sixth Ward Counselor Riccardo D. Dursi Jr., also a teacher at Rome Free Academy, is sponsoring the Rome Youth Common Council, and he said additional information about the youth council and projects students will be proposing, is forthcoming.
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