Talks to flow on extending river trail

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Planned expansions will more than double the length of the Mohawk River Trail, extending it north to the Delta Dam.

The Common Council is expected to vote on a measure related to the project in its meeting this week.

The seven-member body convenes on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St. To view the agenda, visit romenewyork.com/common-council.

According to city documents, the trail will span from “its current terminus at East Chestnut Street approximately 4.5 miles north to the Delta Dam, all
within the city,” bringing its total length to 8.3 miles.

“The project will involve construction through private parcels, and along city and county roadways,” documents say. When completed, the new portions of trail will include “construction of one new bridge structure at a tributary outlet from the fish hatchery, construction of a pedestrian bridge south of the abandoned Black River Canal aqueduct,” and “other trail amenities such as benches, trash receptacles, kiosks, etc.”

Designs should be finalized by the fall, with construction to begin in winter and spring of 2020 and to last for six months. The project will be funded through NYSDOT’s Transportation Alternative Program.

The legislation before the council will designate the body as the lead agency in assessing the trail’s environmental impact.

Councilors will also vote to accept $6,684 in funding from the county Youth Bureau.

According to the agreement with the county, half of the funding will go to the Police Department’s Juvenile Aid Division, which “handle(s) all incidents and issues that involve persons who are under the age of 16 and unemancipated.”

The remainder of the funding will go toward the city’s recreation programming, including the summer youth programs and public facilties like pools and playgrounds.

Councilors are also expected to vote on long-tabled changes to the city’s zoning codes.

The proposed changes would modify zoning on Griffiss. A portion of the park just southeast of Rome Free Academy near Wright Drive would be expanded and would be rezoned to allow more diverse development.

Other changes will set guidelines for using shipping containers and tractor trailers as storage units.

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