ILION — The underground fuel storage tanks at the Ilion Marina need replacement and the Ilion village board is hoping to obtain a grant to fund the project.

The board last week asked Chris Lawton, of Barton & Loguidice, to prepare a proposal to seek a grant for the work through the state’s Consolidated Funding Application process. Board members suggested the pumps be replaced as well as the tanks.

It will not be the first time the village has sought funding for the project. A couple of years ago the village submitted an application for a grant to upgrade the underground fuel storage tanks and pave the driveway and parking area at the marina in a way that would prevent water runoff from flowing into the canal and river, but was unsuccessful. Village officials continue to be concerned about the age of the tanks and the possibility of a leak or spill.

Trustee Ron Schoonmaker said he also was concerned about the condition of the retaining wall at the marina, but Trustee Bridget McKinley pointed out that the village does not own the wall. She said she had left a message with Mark DeRocco, of the governor’s office, but had not heard from him yet. The area near the marina needs to be dredged as well; larger boats have had to be turned away.

Golf course legislation

The board also decided to express its opposition to a proposed amendment to the state’s real property tax law that would have a negative impact on private and family-owned golf courses. Under the proposed law, their assessment would be based on the property’s “highest and best use, not its present use,” Mayor Brian Lamica explained. He expressed concern about the impact this move would have on Doty’s Golf Course in Ilion.

“That would kill most of the golf courses in the state,” said Trustee Charles Lester.

State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente held a news conference last month to voice their concerns about the legislation, pointing out that golf courses could be considered residential developments and taxed at a much higher rate. The village of Ilion will add its voice to those opposing the plan.

Food trucks

Ilion Activities Coordinator Jackie Moore updated the board about plans for a weekly food truck event at the firemen’s field. Ilion’s Food Truck Frenzy is set to debut from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the firemen’s field on Pleasant Avenue with music by Justin Smithson and is scheduled to run each Wednesday through Sept. 4, weather permitting. A number of area musicians have agreed to take part. Parking restrictions could be necessary, Moore said, and picnic tables will be needed. She has begun approaching local businesses about sponsoring the tables.