City OKs study on water rates

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Actions approved in city government meetings this week are clearing the path for future improvement projects.

In a move approved at Thursday morning’s Board of Estimate and Contract meeting, the city approved a measure to contract with Dodson Engineering and Associates Consulting Engineers for $115,000 to develop a water rate study for the City of Rome. According to city documents, the last look at water rates was in 2017.

Points being examined in this go-around will focus on whether rates offered are generating enough revenue to sustain operation and maintenance costs of the system. The study will gather consumption data from the last five years and weigh it against water use projections for the next five years.

In other city news, at the Wednesday night Common Council meeting, a resolution was approved accepting a donation of park equipment donated by the United Way of the Mohawk Valley.

The equipment is a Born Learning Trails signage kit that is to be installed along a trail and prompts trail users to engage in impromptu, fun learning activities.

“...These fun, physical learning activities are designed for parents or caregivers to play with young children in any outdoor setting…” information reads.

The kits also come with reusable stencils for shapes, letters and a 12 foot hopscotch court.

City officials said the equipment will be installed at Pinti Field by the donors free of charge.

- The Common Council also approved a measure allowing the city to purchase electrical power through a low cost power exchange that the state operates.

It covers the purchase of electricity for the wastewater treatment plant, the police station, water treatment plant and city hall, which are all large power users, city officials have said.

The next Common Council meeting is scheduled for Aug. 12.

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