Application for Mohawk River Trail extension before council

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A resolution authorizing the City Clerk to advertise a notice for a public hearing regarding amending the Rome Code of Ordinances Chapter 80 related to maps in order to include the new Heritage District-Erie Canal Zone is on the agenda for the next Common Council meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 in the Common Council Chambers of City Hall.

Updates on legislation meant to deem Erie Canal Village property as an “historic district” so that it may reopen as a museum and tourist destination, was discussed by the Common Council last month.

During July, RHS helped the city by identifying and categorizing artifacts still on the ECV property to determine what was not only salvageable, but what items had clear title and belonged to the city.

And as for the zoning of the Rome-New London Road property, Third Ward Councilor Kimberly Rogers had said she and Sixth Ward Councilor Riccardo D. Dursi Jr. attended a public information session opened by Rios on July 17 where he shared his plans for the ECV property. Rogers said she and Dursi had been working on proposed legislation, including a map from Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development Matthew Andrews, that identified the property description.

Also on the agenda:

• A resolution authorizing the mayor to apply for the 2018 Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternative Program funding in an amount not to exceed $3,576,000 to be used for Phase 3 of the Mohawk River Trail. The grant matching requirements are 80 percent grant and 20% match with the engineers’ estimate for the project totaling $4,470,000. The required local match will not exceed $894,000 through a bond.

The project advances the Comprehensive Plan, 2020-2025 state Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, 2020 statewide Greenway Trail Plan, the Herkimer Oneida County Transportation Study 2020-2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Preservation and Management Plan.

• A resolution authorizing the city treasurer to close capital projects and make appropriate accounting entries.

• A resolution authorizing an amendment to the city Purchasing Policy & Procedure Manual.

Ordinances:

• Authorizing the acquisition of a permanent public access easement related to the public right-of-way for the Mohawk River Trail Phase 2 Project in the amount of $8,700.

• Authorizing Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo to approve the sale of a city-owned parcel at 7173 Taft Ave. in the amount of $600.

• Authorizing parking restrictions on William Street and appropriate signage reflecting “no parking between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.”

• Authorizing the acquisition of real property related to the pubic right-of-way for the Mohawk River Trail Phase 2 Project in the amount of $43,500.

• Amending the Code of Ordinances Chapter 80 Zoning Code and related maps to include the new Heritage District-Erie Canal Zone.

Rome Shines Beautification Awards will also be presented to:

• First Ward: Fred and Cary Pacicca, 713 Floyd Ave.

• Second Ward: Michael and Jennifer Sletten, 6640 Lamphear Road.

• Third Ward: Dennis and Josephine Surface, 556 S. Jay St.

• Fourth Ward: Kristy Matt, 721 W. Court St.

• Fifth Ward: Denise Baker, 417 Elm St.

• Sixth Ward: Donna Rizzo-Aiello, 8115 Rome-Westernville Road.

• Seventh War: Tony and Mary Kay DiPaolo, 1410 N. Madison St.

• Citywide: Christopher and Elisabeth Thomas, 801 Floyd Ave.

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