Roadwork projects, Community Development Block Grant on Common Council agenda

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The 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, Rome Common Council meeting will once again be conducted remotely and the public can listen in via an audio live stream.

The audio live stream can be accessed by telephone at 1-408-418-9388, then by entering access code 715 150 503#.

Those wishing to make a public comment may do so, by emailing their comment to jgrande@romecitygov.com no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting. All comments received will be read into the public comment portion of the meeting.

Actions up for consideration on the agenda include authorizing the issuance of bonds totaling $2,513,338 to pay for roadwork projects throughout the city.

“The City of Rome, Oneida County, New York is hereby authorized to undertake the reconstruction and resurfacing of various city streets and roads, including sidewalks, curbs, gutters, drainage, landscaping, and grading or improving the rights of way, with flexible pavement ... at an estimated maximum cost of $2,513,338 and to issue an aggregate $2,513,338 in serial bonds pursuant to the provisions of the Local Finance Law to finance the estimated costs of the aforesaid class of objects or purposes,” reads a resolution.

The agenda also includes a measure that would make Community Development Block Grant Entitlement funding available to the City of Rome in 2020 after submission of the Community Development Block Grant Program Annual Action Plan and the 2020-2024 Community Development Block Grant Five Year Consolidated Plan to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In turn, “the City of Rome will receive an estimated $1,000,000 in entitlement funding by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development for the 2020 Community Development Block Grant program year; the primary objective of the CDBG Program is the development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low to moderate income,” reads a portion of the resolution package.

This year, the City of Rome will be committing the estimated $1,000,000 to the following project categories: slum and blight, $75,000; public facilities, $555,000; public services, $100,000; economic development, $100,000; and program administration, $170,000.

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