Leaf pickup, art plaza discussed by members of Common Council

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Spring cleaning was the subject of Wednesday night’s Common Council meeting, with members reminding residents of upcoming green waste pickup and encouraging them to take part in other cleanup activities.

The seven-member body met Wednesday in the council chambers at City Hall, 198 N. Washington Street. To review the agenda, or to hear an audio recording of the meeting, visit romenewyork.com/common-council/.

Reporting on behalf of the Municipal Operations Committee, Councilor Frank R. Anderson, R-5, said that green waste pickup “resumed just this past week.”

“If you recall, we got kind of caught by Mother Nature, because the leaves were at the end of the curb on a lot of streets, and there wasn’t enough time to get the vacuum around to vacuum up the leaves before the first snowfall hit, so the (Department of Public Works) team is kind of catching up in that respect,” he said.

With construction season now underway, residents should also continue to report potholes through the RomeNY311 app, available on Apple and Android devices, Anderson said.

DPW Commissioner Butch Conover said that city workers would pick up only bagged green waste until April 15.

“That’s when we’ll go out and actually pick up the loose leaves that are out there at the curb, we’ll be sweeping those into the street and picking them up,” he said, adding that the department’s vacuum for leaf pickup was no longer operational. In the meantime, “we’re using bobcats, we’re using six-wheelers,” he said.

Councilor Kimberly A. Rogers, R-3, encouraged residents to take part in Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful’s annual spring trash cleanups. “You can tell now that the snow has melted, there’s a lot of garbage and a lot of trash ... I hope we have a strong turnout (for the cleanup) this year — it was a rough winter and there was a lot of stuff in that snow, so there’s a lot of stuff left behind,” she said.

To learn more about the cleanups or to volunteer, visit ohswa.org/special-programs/helpful-resources/great-american-cleanup/.

Bobbie O’Brien of Martin Drive asked councilors where the De-o-wain-sta monument removed from the 300 block of West Dominick Street for the Art Plaza would end up, and whether the city had spoken with the Daughters of the American Revolution, who originally placed and dedicated the monument.

Councilor Riccardo D. Dursi Jr., R-6, said he would reach out to the local DAR chapter, and that he would find out where the monument was headed.

Dursi also explained that the Art Plaza, which will include an inlaid sidewalk map of area waterways, sculptures, and a stairway to the county parking lot below, will help with drainage in the area.

“That project is being created as a storm management project — you’ll see a lot of plants, trees, pervious materials to allow more drainage so less will go into our storm sewer systems ... to alleviate some of the issues from our older pipes underneath those areas,” he said.

The council did not vote on proposed changes to the zoning code, which have been tabled since the March 27 meeting.

Approved by the council on Wednesday night:

A resolution authorizing the city to pay off back taxes totaling $149,365.91 on properties acquired through foreclosure.

A resolution accepting a donation of $500 to the city for Locktoberfest from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

A resolution accepting donations totaling $481.95 from area businesses for prizes in the adult Easter egg hunt on Friday, April 19.

A resolution allowing Code officials to attend a conference in Canandaigua in May for $297.

A resolution authorizing Community and Economic Development officials to attend a conference in Toms River, New Jersey on April 30 for $1,100.

An ordinance authorizing the shut-down of North Washington Street next to City Hall on April 19 for the adult Easter egg hunt.

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