City seeks input on heritage district

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A public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Rome Code of Ordinances Chapter 80 Zoning Code and Related Maps to include the new Heritage District-Erie Canal Zone will be held at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, prior to the regular Common Council meeting.

Both the hearing and Common Council meeting will be held in Common Council Chambers of City Hall.

During the Aug. 25 Common Council meeting, Bobbie O’Brien of Martin Drive, trustee of Rome Historical Society, provided some history about the property on Rome-New London Road that includes the Erie Canal Village, Fort Bull/Wood Creek and Rome Sports Hall of Fame. O’Brien stated she was in favor of creating the special zone but requested that the legislation specifically address Erie Canal Village and not include Fort Bull/Fort Wood Creek, as the site was meant for “preservation,” not development.

She explained that the proposed new zoning district would work around a “two-fold problem,” failure for the ECV site to operate as required since 2014, and the city changing the zone use in 2018. In early 2020, current owner Richard Rios was denied a building permit because of pre-existing conditions that would have allowed Cross Roads Redemption Church to operate the village had expired.

The Common Council will consider the proposed legislation, which was tabled on Aug. 25, during its regular meeting following the public hearing.

Also on the agenda:

• Authorizing the city to execute a five-year intermunicipal agreement with Oneida County for shared equipment and services.

• Authorizing Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo to enter into an agreement with the First Presbyterian Church on West Court Street for use of parking lots at the Justice Building relative to employee parking requirements.

• Designating the Common Council as the lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) as it pertains to the zoning change related to the new Heritage District-Erie Canal Zone, classifying the action as a Type I action.

Ordinances to be considered:

• A bond ordinance authorizing the issuance of $1,386,074 additional serial bonds to finance the cost of the Street Lighting Replacement projects within and throughout the city.

• Authorizing the mayor to enter into a rehabilitation agreement and approve the sale of a city-owned parcel at 502-04 Wellesley Road for $8,100.

• Authorizing the acquisition of property related to the public right-of-way for the Mohawk River Trail Phase 2 project for $43,600.

• Authorization to open a Capital Project Account to purchase a customized pumper fire truck for $647,398.58.

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