All of Your Tompkins County Government Happenings This Week

Categories Ithaca, Politics

Do you want to know what your local government is doing? Here are your opportunities in Tompkins County this week.

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Let’s put every government action we can on the public record. Hyperlinks go to the meeting agenda for further information, if available. County meetings are at the top, then the city of Ithaca, then towns alphabetical by name, then villages in the same arrangement. We’ll get to school boards, too, but not this week.

Tompkins County

Monday, June 12

The Tompkins County budget, capital and personnel committee will meet at 4 p.m. in the legislature chambers, 121 E. Court St. On the agenda is authorizing a public hearing to override the state’s tax levy limit in 2018.

Tuesday, June 13

The Tompkins County facilities and infrastructure committee will meet at 3 p.m. in the legislature chambers, 121 E. Court St. On the agenda is awarding a  $977,090 bid for reconstructing the bridge on Game Farm Road over Cascadilla Creek to Economy Paving Company, Cortland.

Thursday, June 15

The Tompkins County public safety committee meets at 3:30 p.m. in the legislature chambers, 121 E. Court St. The agenda includes the sheriff’s monthly public safety report, recent jail statistics, and continued discussion of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program.

Thursday, June 15

The Tompkins County jail study committee meets at 5 p.m. in the legislature chambers, 121 E. Court St. Discussion will include “understanding a harm reduction approach to drug use intervention” and a report on education services provided at the jail.

City of Ithaca

Monday, June 12

The Board of Public Works, which oversees water, sewers, parking, streets, and all engineering projects in the city, will have its bi-monthly meeting at 4:45 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. The agenda includes a proposed resolution to allow the Ithaca Reggae Festival to re-route the Cayuga Waterfront Trail on June 24; a vote to select the design of West State Street/Martin Luther King Jr. around Pete’s Grocery; and early talk on what to do with University Avenue when the city redoes that street.

Tuesday, June 13

The Board of Fire Commissioners meets at 2 p.m. at Central Fire Station #1, 310 W. Green St. These are the people to go to for issues with fire protection in places where the Ithaca Fire Department provides coverage.

The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency economic development committee meets at 3:30 p.m. in the Common Council room on the third floor of City Hall. The committee will vote on a resolution to offer a $200,000 loan to Urban Core LLC for a renovation of the former McNeil Music and current DP Dough building, as reported by Brian Crandall here.

The Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. in the third floor Common Council room at City Hall. The agenda includes hearings on proposed changes to properties on University Avenue, South Geneva Street, East Avenue, and Fall Creek Drive. The ILPC, which oversees changes to properties with historic designations, will also have the opportunity to approve the materials to be used on the DeWitt House at the Old Library site.

Wednesday, June 14

The Civil Service Commission meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second floor of City Hall. This commission oversees job descriptions and qualifications for city positions. On the agenda is a new job description for the “Ithaca Commons Maintenance Supervisor.”

The Disability Advisory Council meets at 12:15 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. This is the group that gives Common Council and city staff advice on disability issues. On the agenda is a discussion of recommendations from the city’s “committee on committees” regarding disability issues.

The Planning and Economic Development Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. There is a public hearing scheduled on zoning changes to allow microbreweries. There are votes scheduled changes in requirements for downtown buildings to have “street-level active uses” – i.e. retail instead of apartments – and new waterfront district zoning rules.

Town of Caroline

Wednesday, June 14

The Caroline Town Board business meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Caroline Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Springs Rd. On the agenda is a presentation about NYSERDA’s Clean Energy communities program and a vote to adopt NYSERDA’s “Unified Solar Permit” legislation to govern solar installments in the future.

Town of Danby

Monday, June 12

The Danby Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road. Estimates and plan review for improvements to the Town Hall are on the agenda.

Thursday, June 15

The Danby planning board meets at 7 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road. Re-zoning the “Summit Enterprise Center,” the former Angelheart Design facility at 279-303 Gunderman Road for a mixed-use business incubator from David Hall, owner of National Book Auctions, is on the agenda.

Town of Dryden

Thursday, June 15

The Dryden town board meets at 7 p.m. at the Dryden Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. No agenda is up yet, but Cortland Road Sewer District rates will be under discussion. Talk about proposed solar installments and the compressor station in Ellis Hollow will also almost certainly be in discussion.

UPDATE: Date is now correct, and here’s the agenda.

Town of Enfield

Wednesday, June 14

The Enfield Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road. No agenda was yet available.

Town of Groton

Tuesday, June 13

The Groton Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Groton Town Hall, 101 Conger Blvd. No agenda available yet.

The Town of Groton planning board meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Groton Town Hall, 101 Conger Blvd. No agenda available yet.

Town of Ithaca

Monday, June 12

The Ithaca Town Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. On the agenda are public hearings on zoning laws regarding signs; a law adding art murals to the zoning code; and discussion on deer management and the moratorium on two-family dwelling construction.

Thursday, June 15

The Town of Ithaca Planning Committee meets at 4 p.m. at the Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. No agenda is available yet.

Town of Lansing

Monday, June 12

The Town of Lansing planning board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road. The planning board will make a recommendation to the Lansing Town Board on the “planned development area” for the Village Solars project, reported on by Brian Crandall here. The planning board will also make a recommendation on Lansing’s new comprehensive plan.

Town of Newfield

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, June 13

The Ulysses Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Ulysses Town Hall, 10 Elm St., Trumansburg. Preceding the meeting, at 6:30 p.m., will be a hearing on issuing $977,000 in bonds to improve Water District No. 3.

The Ulysses planning board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m., also on June 13, to continue comments on variances for the Inn at Taughannock.

Thursday, June 15

The Ulysses Sustainability & Conservation Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m., 10 Elm St., Trumansburg. The Ag Committee meets at 7:30 p.m., same building.

Village of Cayuga Heights

No meetings scheduled this week.

Village of Dryden

Thursday, June 15

The Village Trustees are regularly scheduled to meet the third Thursday of every month at the Dryden Village Hall, 2nd floor, 16 South St. No agenda yet available.

Village of Freeville

No meetings scheduled this week.

Village of Lansing

No meetings scheduled this week.

Village of Trumansburg

Monday, June 12

The Trumansburg board of trustees meets at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, 56 E. Main St. No agenda available yet.

Thursday, June 15

The Trumansburg planning board meets at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, 56 E. Main St. No agenda available yet.


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