Funding would help city tear down old Columbus School
ROME — Legislation that would authorize Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo to apply for a $1.5 million grant to demolish the former Columbus School building and facilitate redevelopment of the property on Columbus Avenue is on the agenda for the next Common Council meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Common Council Chambers of City Hall.
Prior to the council meeting, a public hearing on Ordinance 9563, amending Rome Code of Ordinances Chapter 80 — Zoning Code for the development and construction of solar arrays within the city, will be held at 6:50 p.m. in the chambers.
As for the regular council meeting, Resolution 16 would authorize the mayor to submit a 2022 Round 7 Restore NY Communities Initiative Municipal Grant in an amount not to exceed $1,523,921.40 to facilitate redevelopment of 112 Columbus Ave. to the Empire State Development Corporation. According to the legislation, 112 Columbus Ave. is located within the Downtown Rome Brownfield Opportunity Area. A 10% match would be required through in-kind services or cash contribution.
The grant would be used to demolish and dispose of materials from the former Columbus School, which has been unoccupied since 2005. Following its closure as one of the Rome City School District’s elementary schools, several attempts were made to sell the parcel. It was briefly used as a site for a Boys & Girls Club in the city and also as a temporary headquarters for the Rome Police Department while the Justice Building on North James Street was undergoing major renovations.
Also, Resolution 17 would authorize the mayor to support Oneida County’s Restore NY Communities Initiative Municipal Grant application and determine that the proposed project is consistent with the local Comprehensive Plan and other redevelopment plans.
The city is seeking to submit the application through Empire State Development Corporation for a project to be located at 147 Hangar Road. Rome is seeking up to $2 million with a minimum 10% match.
Hangar Road Rome LLC is partnering with Frog Alley Brewing Co. to create a state-of-the-art space for craft brewing, tasting room and indoor/outdoor performance venue at the property, to be named Parachute Brewery.
• Resolution 15 authorizing code enforcement officials to attend the Northern Adirondack Educational Conference for $380.
• Resolution 18 authorizing the deputy city treasurer and city accountant to attend the state GFOA Conference in Albany for $740, plus tolls and mileage.
• Resolution 19 authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with Rome Cemetery Association for the care of the city plot during 2023 for $2,000.
• Resolution 20 authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with Lake Delta Volunteer Fire Department. for the purpose of providing secondary fire protection.
• Resolution 21 authorizing annual payment to Rome Art & Community Center by city Treasurer David C. Nolan for $32,224.
• Resolution 22 authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with Jervis Public Library Association for $322,932.
• Resolution 23 authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Capitol Civic Center, Inc. for $12,160.
• Resolution 24 authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement providing funds for South Rome Senior Citizens Center for $10,880.
• Resolution 25 authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement providing funds for the Senior Citizens Council of Rome New York, Inc. for $31,680.
• Resolution 26 authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement providing funds for Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. Runaway & Homeless Youth program for $1,600.
• Resolution 27 authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with Stanwix Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. for the purpose of providing secondary fire protection.
• Resolution 28 appointing commissioners of deeds: Wesley J. Cupp, 8072 Pinebrook Lane; Samantha Fulgieri, 8341 Fish Hatchery Road; Christina Benn, 915 Cayuga St.; Kellie Combs, 816 Hickory St.; Jason Combs, 816 Hickory St.; and Daniel Fenton, 1734 N. George St.
• Resolution 29 authorizing an amendment to the 2023 budget to create a Special Revenue Account to collect and either refund fees to animal adopters or remit to the state Animal Population Control Fund pursuant to state Agriculture and Markets Law.
• Ordinance 9565 authorizing to amend Ordinance 9484, adopted by the council on Dec. 8, 2021, to reflect an increase of $3,967 bringing the total amount not to exceed $224,967 for the purchase of a six-wheel dump truck.
• Ordinance 9566 authorizing to repeal Resolution 121, adopted Nov. 9, 2022, for an amendment to the 2022 water fund budget and authorize an amendment to the 2023 water fund budget for cleaning and repairs to the city’s water reservoir at a cost of $275,000.
• Ordinance 9567 authorizing the mayor to approve the sale of city-owned parcel 924 Calvert St. to Erin Calandra for $1,001.
Tabled legislation from the last council meeting includes Resolution 2, authorizing the mayor to attend various conferences during 2023; and Ordinance 9563, amending Rome Code of Ordinances Chapter 80 — Zoning Code for the development and construction of solar arrays within the city.
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