ROME — The city of Rome accepted a donation of a steel sculpture from the children of Neil Harrison Russell. The sculpture is currently displayed in front of 200 Maple St.
The Common Council — which must authorize and accept donations to the city — voted unanimously in favor of the proposal at a meeting last week.
Seventh Ward Councilor A. Robert Tracy said a member of the Russell family had created the sculpture which had been sitting in the front yard of Neil Russell’s home for years. Neil Russell passed away, Tracy said, adding that is when the family decided to donate the sculpture to the city.
Tracy said the city would likely move the sculpture to West Dominick Street in the future.
The Common Council expressed appreciation for the Russell family’s donation when they accepted the gift.
Agreements with state comptroller
The Common Council authorized Mayor Jacqueline Izzo to execute an agreement with the office of the New York State Comptroller to clean up six properties in the city.
Third Ward Councilor Kimberly Rogers explained at last week’s meeting that the agreement — which the Common Council passed unanimously — is a legal mechanism that will allow the city to take control of the property, without having to pass any of the cleanup costs to taxpayers.
According to documentation with the authorization, the New York Environmental Protection and Spill Compensation Fund will incur clean-up and removal costs by remediating the property. The city will reimburse the fund with any future tax sale of the property.
The six properties are listed as the following:
• Brunet site, 501 W. Thomas St.
• Coccia site, 6991 E. Dominick St.
• Westwin site, 7008 Oriskany Rd.
• Thrifty site, 717-719 W. Dominick St.
• Railroad site, 201 Railroad St.
• Rome site, 229 S. James St.
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