Common Councilors approve grant application for brownfield cleanup

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A resolution that could pave the way for additional brownfield cleanup in the city of Rome was among agenda items at Wednesday’s Rome Common Council meeting.

The council approved the resolution that would support a grant application by Mohawk Valley EDGE to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The application is for a $300,000 brownfield assessment grant. If the grant is secured, the money would fund the work of identifying and planning for cleanup of properties which includes surveying and groundwater analysis, alleviating any cost to the city.

In other Wednesday night actions, the council approved the formal creation of an ad hoc committee on diversity and inclusion in the city. The committee was announced at a previous meeting.

Chairing the committee will be councilor Frank Anderson. Councilors Riccardo Dursi and John Sparace also will sit on the committee, whose goal is to examine diversity issues in the community and partner with community groups to create ways in which all Rome residents feel included.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, some residents voiced concerns over whether Rome police were wearing body cameras, and over police treatment of residents in relation to activities surrounding the breakup of a football game at Guyer Field earlier this month that spawned a protest.

The next regular common council meeting is slated for November 11.

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