Oneida Common Council to vote on Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades


ONEIDA — The city of Oneida’s Common Council will vote on measures related to upgrades at its Wastewater Treatment Plant in its meeting this week.

The six-member body meets tonight at 6:30 in the council chambers at the municipal building, 109 N. Main St.

Councilors will vote on a measure to bond for $34 million for upgrades at the plant, and will review a $200,000 development agreement with Energy Systems Group of Indiana for upgrade designs.

According to the development agreement, ESG will design upgrades that meet the city’s goals of “modernization of facilities’ liquid organic waste and related wastewater treatment and processing systems, increas(ing) waste streams variability and related handling capacity and tipping fee revenues, ensur(ing) long-term resiliency of the city’s wastewater treatment revenues, and reduction of costs to current sewer (customers).”

The council will also vote on a related measure to determine that the WWTP project will not have significant negative environmental impact, per state law.

Councilors will review plans for the city’s annual street resurfacing project, as well. On the agenda is a $150,000 budget transfer to cover costs, and a measure to authorize the city to advertise bids for the project.

Changes to the city’s solid waste collection code are also under review. The legislation would remove the 32 gallon capacity limit for garbage cans, and would up the weight limit of full cans from 30 to 50 pounds.

The council will not vote on the measure tonight but will schedule a public hearing on the matter for Tuesday, May 7.

Councilors may vote on a long-tabled measure to change the codes regarding election signs.

As it stands, homeowners may erect political yard signs after Aug. 1, and must remove them within 15 days after the election. New codes would limit the window to “45 days before (the) election,” a reduction of around 50 percent, and keep the 15-day rule in place.

Also before the Common Council on Tuesday:

A measure to rezone a property at 409 Genesee St. from “planned residential” to “commercial.”

A measure to allow the Oneida Memorial Association to use a portion of Veteran’s Memorial Field near the monument area as a “flag garden” throughout the month of May.

Monthly reports from the city Chamberlain, Clerk, Comptroller, Engineer, Fire Department, Codes Enforcement office, Recreation Department, and Police Department.


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