Common Council approves trainings for employees

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A resolution authorizing city Parks and Recreation employees to attend a certified pool operator course and another authorizing code enforcement employees to attend a New York State Building Officials webinar were approved by the Common Council during its regular meeting Wednesday held via livestream and audio stream.

The council also voted to authorize an intermunicipal agreement with the county for roadside mowing to be provided by the city with a $6,968 reimbursement. Council members also authorized the mayor to enter into an agreement to approve PILOT terms and allocate PILOT payments with FFP NY Rome Project 1, LLC.

Also unanimously approved was an ordinance for the placement of stop signs on the east and west sides of Short Street.

In other business:

Third Ward Councilor Kimberly Rogers first thanked city Deputy Clerk Eric R. Seelig and Clerk Jean Isom Grande in their work to help set up live streaming for Common Council meetings, with the March 24 meeting being the first to be live-streamed.

“Hopefully the public will participate and be able to watch live,” Rogers said.

The councilor also reminded the public of a food drive she and Common Council President Stephanie Viscelli are hosting Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Mill parking lot on East Dominick Street. The food drive, which will accept food items including hams, as well as monetary donations, will support Easter meal baskets distributed by Rome Rescue Mission. Each drive-thru donor will get entered into a contest to win one of seven gift cards for The Mill.

“We hope to have a good turn-out so many people can enjoy Easter dinner this year,” said Rogers.

The councilor also took time to remind city officials and residents that the county will be comprising a “wait list” for those age 18 and over to get their COVID vaccines, and those age 50 and older can get vaccinated now. She said more than 600 appointments are available between now and March 30.

• Six Ward Councilor Richard D. Dursi Jr. commended the city Parks and Recreation Department, and Director James Korpela, for “working hard” to get parks ready and open once the city is able to issue a reopening plan according to state guidelines recently released.

The state COVID guidelines, “are limiting what we can do, but we’re opening (parks) as soon as the guidelines allow us to,” Dursi said.

• Council President Viscelli also thanked the mayor and Korpela for their efforts in re-opening Kennedy Arena.

Youth hockey “was able to extend hockey for two more weeks, and I thank those there who worked hard keeping it open,” she said.

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