Oneida Common Council approves Bennett Road for use and operation of snowmobiles

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ONEIDA — In a pair of resolutions, the Oneida Common Council took up issues dealing with the operation of snowmobiles in city limits at its regular meeting held Tuesday night.

The council voted to adopt a local law amending a chapter of city code to designate Bennett Road for the use and operation of snowmobiles.

Previously, no one spoke during a Jan. 4 public hearing on the matter, and at that meeting, Mayor Helen Acker said the thrust behind this local law centered on a current situation that allows snowmobiles to come down Harden Street and go through the city’s wastewater treatment plant property.

“With the new plant going in and all of the construction going on, the city does not want snowmobiles going through that area, which could result in injury, so we are designating Bennett Road to be added to allow for plenty of room around that area,” minutes from the Jan. 4 meeting note.

In related action Tuesday night, the council also voted in favor of amending the city’s snowmobile trail map to reflect the designation of Bennett Road for the use and operation of snowmobiles.

More action

At the Tuesday night meeting, the city common council also: 

• Appointed Kathy Erdo as City Historian, per a plan laid out in the 2022 city budget.

• Voted in favor of a routine resolution authorizing the mayor to sign the 2022 annual agreement with BRiDGES a/k/a Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc. for the Employee Assistance Program in the amount of $2,394.

The agreement is executed annually and is for 12 months — Jan. 1, 2022, to Dec. 31, 2022.

“This is something we do every year and it helps a great deal,” Acker said.

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