The Rome Common Council on Wednesday gave Mayor Jacqueline Izzo permission to seek $2.5 million in a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation grant that could aid the city in adding a third biodigester to its wastewater treatment facility.
The grant comes with a 50% city match, according to council documentation.
Izzo said the total project costs are approximately $14.7 million, of which the city has already received $4.5 million in grants. If approved, the new grant application will reduce the overall capitol project expense.
“Adding a third biodigester will help us achieve our goal of having the wastewater treatment facility produce enough energy to fuel its operations and in turn any excess energy could be delivered to other city facilities further reducing our annual municipal energy bill,” Izzo said in a statement.