UTICA, N.Y.- The focus of Wednesday’s Utica Common Council meeting was forming a flood task force.
Utica City Councilwoman Samantha Colismo-Testa initiated the effort to form a task force that would gather information and develop recommendations related to the floods in Utica including the most recent Halloween floods and the impact they have on property, public safety, and city finances with an emphasis on solutions and funding options.
Colismo-Testa says the task force would allow community members and members from within the city work together in regards to the flooding issues in the City of Utica.
"What the task force will do is come up with a plan on what the city can do in order to help people as far as funding goes, what happens if a big storm is coming, basically getting the community involved that's directly affected with flooding on a task force to try and come up with the issues that are going on inside the city." says Colismo-Testa.
The Common Council voted in favor of forming the task force Wednesday night. The new common council, which will be in place starting January 1st, 2020 will appoint members to the task force.
The members will be appointed by April 1st, 2020.