Council set to consider cost-saving utility item

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A resolution up for consideration at Wednesday night’s Rome Common Council meeting would allow the city to enter into an agreement with the state Office of General Services regarding the purchase of electrical power through a low cost power exchange that they operate.

The resolution indicates this is a routine matter and was originally authorized by the Common Council in 2013 and again in 2016, according to city documents.

It covers the purchase of electricity for the wastewater treatment plant, the police station, water treatment plant and city hall.

All “large power users,” said city treasurer David Nolan.

The purchase term, which began in April is slated to end in July of 2029. However, Nolan speculates that some buildings, like the Waste Water Treatment Plant, may eventually come offline as improvements being made will allow the facility to create its own energy.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. and can be heard via an audio livestream accessible by telephone.

To access the meeting, dial 1-408-418-9388 and enter access code 129 367 9776#

Also on Wednesday’s meeting agenda is a resolution that would authorize the city to set up a special account and accept an award of $700 presented to the Rome Police Department from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to participate in a child passenger safety program.

Anyone wishing to make a public comment during the meeting, should email comments to jgrande@RomeCityGov.com no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

The comments will be read into the record during the public comment portion of the meeting.

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