Common Council meets Wednesday; pair of ‘green grant’ items on agenda

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City applications for two state Department of Environmental Conservation grants in the amount of $2.5 million total, and an application for a $1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be resolutions up for consideration at the next Common Council meeting to be held virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Rome City Hall.

The Common Council meeting will be conducted remotely via Webex audio stream via telephone call-in at 1-408-418-9388, access code 179 590 6329#.

All members of the public who wish to speak during the general public portion of the meeting must register in advance with the City Clerk’s Office using their full name, mailing address, email address and telephone number, no later than 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10.

All participants must have internet access with a PC computer or equivalent device, such as a smartphone or tablet, in order to participate.

The first resolution under consideration is to authorize Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo to submit an application for a $1 million state Department of Environmental Conservation Green Grant for a Water Meter Pilot Program, with a 50% match.

The second resolution is to authorize the mayor to submit an application for a second DEC Green Grant in the amount of $2.5 million, with a 50% match, for the Waste Water Treatment Plant Anaerobic Digestion Project.

Through Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process, the Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) and Engineering Planning Grant Program supports projects across New York that utilize unique stormwater infrastructure design and create cutting-edge green technologies.

GIGP-funded projects may be found from Buffalo to the end of Long Island, and range from rain gardens to stream “daylighting” projects.

The GIGP will provide up to $17 million in grant on a competitive basis to projects that improve water quality and mitigate the effects of climate change through the implementation of one or more of the following green practices: Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Energy Efficiency, and Water Efficiency, according to the program’s website.

There is also a resolution to authorize the mayor to apply for and accept a FEMA grant in the amount of $1 million to be used toward the purchase of a new aerial truck by the fire department; and a final resolution authorizing an amendment to the 2020 city budget.

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