Common Council approves measure to participate in diversity training

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Varied actions took place at the last Rome Common Council meeting of 2020 held Wednesday night.

The common council approved a measure to participate in a diversity training led by Syracuse-based Dr. Mark Montgomery who will present a workshop: “Challenges in diverse processes related to social unrest. Rise Together. Stand Together. Empower Together.”

Further, the common council approved a slate of commissioners of deeds for the city, whose terms will expire on Dec. 31, 2022. Recusing from voting were council members Ramona Smith, A. Robert Tracy and John Sparace as they indicated they were included on the list.

Even with the recusals, there was still a quorum.

In other actions, the common council tabled a resolution that if passed, would allow the Rome Police Department to partner with Oneida County for a traffic ticket diversion program.

Under the terms of the program, the county would reimburse the city of Rome up to ⅓ of the administrative fees associated with the cost of Rome running a safe driving program for drivers who are ticketed.

The agreement lasts for five years, and can be extended, according to documents.

Wednesday night, members of the common council indicated that there were outstanding questions about the program that included what would happen in the event program costs rose in subsequent years.

The next common council meeting is set for Jan. 13, 2021.

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