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Oneida Common Council discusses snowmobile issues

Despite a less than snowy winter thus far, much of the conversation at the Oneida Common Council meeting Dec. 15 revolved around snowmobiles.

"Apparently they have already become a problem," councilwoman Marcia Rafte said.

Rafte, who brought up issues of snowmobile riders driving their sleds around residences, advised citizens to be a "good neighbor" and that if a person failed to do so, there would be consequences.

According to Rafte, the distance for snowmobiles from a residential dwelling is 125 feet. Mayor Peter Hedglon added that there is no exception for driving from ones home to a trail.

Councilman Michael Murawski responded that he believed the city should become more snowmobile friendly and that it could be a potential source of income. However, he also added that it's only a "great recreational sport if you follow the rules."

Councilman Max Smith sided with Rafte, stating that he didn't understand the difference between the noise levels of snowmobiles and a motorcycle roaring down a street early in the morning.

A public hearing on amendments to the parking violation penalties and snowmobile penalties for offenses is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 29.

In other business, the council:

Rejected a request by Richard L. Cole for a five-year extension of time to connect his property to the public sewer line. Smith said that Cole had already been granted one five-year extension.

Approved a $75,000 revolving loan for All Seasoning Ingredients, Inc.

Authorized the support for a $5 increase in the fee for a certified copy of birth and death certificates. The resolution will be forwarded to Senator David Valesky to bring to the state legislature for fee increase approval.

Authorized the mayor to sign the Intermunicipal Wastewater Service Agreement with Madison County in order to extend the city's sewer line into Lincoln. The line will be used to accommodate the Agriculture and Renewable Energy (ARE) Park.

Authorized the appointment of Jason Earl to the Recreation Commission.

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