TruthSayers Watchdog: Government Happenings in Tompkins County This Week

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Do you want to know what your local government is doing? Here are your opportunities to help TruthSayers cover activity this week by Tompkins County governments.

If you would like to help TruthSayers cover more issues that matter, if you are at a meeting, be a reporter. Send us recordings, photographs, or notes, and TruthSayers will publish them while crediting you. Email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org with stories and tips.

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.

Special Meeting – Department of Environmental Conservation

Tuesday, June 20
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed a “no further action” remedy for the brownfield site at Ithaca Falls, for contamination caused by the Ithaca Gun factory.

A meeting to gather public comment will be held at City Hall, 108 E. Green St., at 6:30 p.m. The DEC will be collecting public comments through July 17. Here’s the sheet telling you how to comment. For a deep dive story by TruthSayers‘ Josh Brokaw on this topic, see  this feature in the Ithaca Times from October 2015.

Tompkins County

Monday, June 19

The Health and Human Services committee of the Tompkins County legislature is meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the legislature chambers at 121 E. Court St.

On the agenda is a report from the Continuum of Care on its work with the homeless, and a discussion of a potential law to outlaw “income discrimination” by landlords – that is, to require landlords to take Section 8 housing choice vouchers from potential tenants.

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center has announced it will be attending this meeting to kick off its push for a countywide living wage law with a rally at 4 p.m. and then speakers talking to committee members inside about their proposed legislation.

Tuesday, June 20

The Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality committee of the Tompkins County legislature is meeting at 4 p.m. in the county legislature chambers at 121 E. Court St.

The agenda is entirely dedicated to reviewing and approving the draft Tompkins County Housing Strategy. Read more about the housing strategy here.

Read More: Tompkins County Housing Strategy, For Your Review

What is a Housing Strategy?

At 5:30 p.m. on June 20, the Tompkins County legislature will hold its regular bi-monthly meeting. A public hearing will begin the meeting on the proposed 2017-18 Tompkins Cortland Community College budget. Scheduled votes include on a bridge reconstruction over Cascadilla Creek on Game Farm Road.

Wednesday, June 21

The Tompkins County Shared Services Panel will hold a meeting for public input at 5:30 p.m. in the county legislature chambers at 121 E. Court St.

Here’s an explanation of what the shared services panel is doing, from a release sent out by Marcia Lynch, county public information officer:

The June 21st session is the first of at least three such public hearings that will be held to seek ideas from the public regarding the County’s Shared Services Plan.  The Tompkins County Shared Services Panel, chaired by County Administrator Joe Mareane, is made up of all town supervisors, and city and village mayors within Tompkins County.  Representatives of school districts within the county also have been invited to participate.

This year’s New York State Budget enacted the County-wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan Law, which requires the chief executive officer of each of the 57 counties outside of New York City to convene a panel of public officials to develop, publicly deliberate, and vote upon county-wide shared services property tax savings plans.  The initiative seeks to save property taxpayers money by implementing shared services and other cooperative arrangements among governments.  A Shared Services Plan is to contain actions that, when implemented, will result in new property tax savings.

One idea under study is consolidating police departments in Tompkins County – you can read a TruthSayers story on that topic here.

Thursday, June 22

The Tompkins County Council of Governments will hold a meeting at 3 p.m. in the legislature chambers, 121 E. Court St. On the agenda is a report from TC-COG’s “EMS Task Force.”

City of Ithaca

Tuesday, June 20

At 8:30 a..m., the Project Review Committee of the Planning & Development Board will be meeting in the second floor conference room at City Hall. Here’s the agenda, which includes updates to plans of the DeWitt House project at the Old Library and the Harold’s Square project.

At 12 p.m., the Housing Board of Review is scheduled to have a public meeting on the fourth floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. No agenda was available.

At 4 p.m., the Building Code Board of Appeals is scheduled to have a regular meeting on the fourth floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. No agenda was available.

Wednesday, June 21

The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency board is holding a re-scheduled board meeting at 10 a.m. in City Hall’s third floor Common Council chambers, 108 E. Green St.

The Rental Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled to have its regular monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall.

The City Administration Committee will have its monthly meeting in City Hall’s third floor Common Council chambers at 6 p.m. On the agenda is an authorization to amend the Ithaca Police Department budget and a vote on a new law to establish new city advisory commissions. 

Thursday, June 22

The Workforce Diversity Advisory Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the second floor conference room at City Hall. The agenda includes a report on “strategies for advancing the city’s workforce diversity & inclusion culture.”

The Public Art Commission meets at 12 p.m. in the second floor conference room at City Hall.

Town of Caroline

Tuesday, June 20

The Town of Caroline Watershed Committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the Caroline Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Springs Rd.

Town of Danby

Monday, June 19

The Danby Conservation Advisory Council meets at 7 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road.

 

Town of Dryden

Thursday, June 22

The Town of Dryden planning board meets at 7 p.m. at the Dryden Town Hall, 93 E. Main St.

Town of Enfield

Thursday, June 22

There will be a meeting at 7 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road, to learn how to participate in the completion of the town’s comprehensive plan. You can read new draft sections of the proposed comprehensive plan here and share comments and concerns with Beth McGee at beth-mcgee@townofenfield.org.

Town of Groton

Wednesday, June 28

The Town of Groton Board of Zoning Appeals has a scheduled meeting at 7 p.m., at the Groton Town Hall, 101 Conger Boulevard – unless no appeals are received.

Town of Ithaca

Monday, June 19

There will be a special Ithaca Town Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. The purpose of the meeting, from a town release, “is to take public comments and discuss ideas for the creation of new regulations concerning short term rentals such as Air B&B and Vacation Rental By Owner.”

Tuesday, June 20

The Town of Ithaca Public Works Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Public Works facility, 106 Seven Mile Drive.

Town of Lansing

Wednesday, June 21

The Lansing Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road.

Town of Newfield

Thursday, June 22

The Newfield Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Newfield Town Hall, 166 Main St.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, June 20

The Town of Ulysses Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at 10 Elm St., Trumansburg. On the agenda is consideration of a site plan for a single family residence on Dubois Road.

Wednesday, June 21

The Town of Ulysses Board of Zoning appeals meets at 7 p.m. at 10 Elm St., Trumansburg. The agenda includes public hearings on applications from the Inn at Taughannock’s owners for new signs and for a new “gatehouse” building, reported on by Brian Crandall here.

Thursday, June 22

The Town of Ulysses steering committee for zoning updates meets at 7 p.m. at 10 Elm St. The agenda includes a discussion on new draft zoning for agricultural and rural areas.

Village of Cayuga Heights

Monday, June 19

The Cayuga Heights board of trustees is scheduled to have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Road.

Village of Dryden

No meetings scheduled this week.

Village of Freeville

Tuesday, June 20

The Freeville planning board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the Freeville Village Hall, 5 Factory St.

Village of Groton

Monday, June 19

The Groton board of trustees meets at 7 p.m. at 143 E. Cortland St.

Village of Lansing

Monday, June 19

The Lansing board of trustees meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Village of Lansing office, 2405 N. Triphammer Road. On the agenda is a discussion of changes to the zoning law’s definition of “household.”

Village of Trumansburg

No meetings scheduled.

Josh Brokaw is an independent reporter based in Ithaca, N.Y.
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