Council OKs grant application

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At its Wednesday night meeting, the Rome Common Council approved a measure allowing the Fire Department to pursue a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to replace the current aerial apparatus - a 2006 Sutphen with a 100-foot ladder - that has exceeded its recommended usage.

The measure provides for submission of a grant request in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000 with a 10 percent match which would be put out to bond by the city, Fire Chief Ronald Brement answered in a funding question posed by Third Ward Councilor Kimberly Rogers Wednesday night.

Brement said there is a very short, three-to-six-month grant cycle after which the city will hear whether its application is successful.

“The city has gone for this (grant) three times already. ...Fingers crossed,” said Second Ward Councilor John B. Mortise.

Council also unanimously (with the exception of Fourth Ward Councilor Ramona Smith who was absent from the meeting) voted to accept a donation of tactical masks thanks to a donation of $1,276 from Catholic Charities of Herkimer County. 

The donation funds the purchase of two masks to be worn by tactical team members in situations when there is the presence of a gas or toxin in the air. The two will be added to the 10 already owned by the 15-person special response team.

Also approved was the issue of a serial bond not to exceed $50,000 to finance the purchase of a SWAT team deployment vehicle - which would also hold all needed equipment - and replace a 2003 Chevrolet van currently used for the work.

The next Common Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11.

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