Oneida lawmakers eye changes to solid waste code


ONEIDA — The city of Oneida’s Common Council will review proposed changes to the solid waste code next week.

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

The code changes, if approved, would remove a 32 gallon capacity limit for curbside garbage cans, and would up the weight limit of cans from 30 to 50 pounds.

Councilors will also review and place on file a letter from business owners Russell and Katrina Blanchard, who run the Wolf Oak Acres farm and wedding venue.

The Blanchards are asking the council to rezone their property at 409 Genesee St. from residential to commercial.

“The first phase of the development will be a sporting goods store,” the Blanchards said in the letter, “with the potential of creating 45 to 60 jobs (with wages ranging from $35-65,000). Our second phase with banquet venue and lodging will create another 40 to 50 jobs from chefs to hospitality staff, to banquet managers, coordinators, cleaning and maintenance crews.”

“These businesses alone will create over 100 new well-paid positions and bring in a much needed tax and revenue source for our local city,” the Blanchards wrote.

Councilors are expected to refer the matter of the zoning change to the city’s Planning Commission.

Also before the council Tuesday night:

A grant application in an unspecified amount for the city’s Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP).

Budget transfers totaling 27,702.41.


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