Oneida Common council adopts banner and street closure policy

The Oneida Common Council took the following action at their meeting Tuesday Aug. 5:

-authorized budget transfers to cover unforeseen recreation expenses including $4500 to repair lights at veterans field that were crucial to both Pop Warner and Babe Ruth games and to repair the high diving board at the pool which was out of service, costing $3000.

-authorized the planning board to seek specialized legal services to help ensure the proposed amendments to the zoning laws complies with all government SEQRA regulations. Mike Debottis said the seeking an attorney that specializes in this matter will ensure that the zoning ordinance comply.

- adopted a banner and street closure policy. This will allow people to apply for permits to hang banners or close a street without appearing before the common council. Max Smith said that the policy follows exactly the procedure that was required before with the exeption that National Grid will have to hang the banners, not the fire department. This is because National Grid did not want anyone else on their poles. National Grid has requirements for size and length and also a wind slit requirement.

-authorized a purchasing agent to post a 1964 Hahn Fire Truck on eBay with a price of $7500.

-authorized the mayor to sign the memorandum of agreement with the Oneida Paid Firefighters Association. "You have to thank both sides involved," Don Moore, Ward 5, said. "You also have to thank Greg Myers for all he put into it."

-discussed recent bids received for the Municipal Building Roof Replacement project. Rob Brown, Ward 6, said that the bids had come in much higher than expected so they should reject the bids and put the project up for bid again in the spring before the contractors all get busy. The council voted to do so.

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