Involve Yourself! This Week’s Tompkins County Government Preview

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, July 17

The Health & Human Services committee of the Tompkins County legislature meets at 4:30 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. Included on the agenda is a vote to accept a grant for an electronic medical records system upgrade and discussion of a “source of income” housing discrimination law proposed by the Office of Human Rights.

Tuesday, July 18

The Tompkins County Legislature meets in the legislative chambers at 121 E. Court St. at 5:30 p.m.  Scheduled on the agenda is an update on the county “natural infrastructure” capital project, along with votes on appropriating funds for several purchases of natural areas; on appropriating $50,000 for housing the homeless, and accepting a grant to build a food scraps tipping area at the county recycling center.

Thursday, July 20

The Public Safety committee of the legislature meets at 3:30 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. The agenda includes a vote on installing a mass notification system, a vote on new STOP-DWI rules, discussion of the assigned counsel program, and scheduling a public hearing on changing a local law so the county can continue a 30-cent tax on wireless devices.

The Jail Study committee will meet at 5 p.m. at 121 E. Court St., where consultants CGR will present the results of their study. The Jail Population study is posted here on CGR’s website.

City of Ithaca

Tuesday, July 18

The Project Review committee of the Planning & Development board meets at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. Projects on the agenda include the Lakeview Health Services project propsoed for Court & Meadow streets and Elm Street apartments proposed by Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services.

Wednesday, July 19

The Rental Housing Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 108 E. Green St.

Town of Caroline

Wednesday, July 18

The Caroline watershed committee is scheduled to meet at  7 p.m. at the Caroline Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Springs Rd.

Town of Danby

Monday, July 17

The Danby Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road. On the agenda is a discussion of adopting the New York State deferred compensation plan and discussion of email and website communications.

Thursday, July 20

The Danby Planning Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road.

Town of Dryden

Thursday, July 20

The Dryden Town Board has its business meeting at 7 p.m. at the Dryden Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. A public hearing is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on the commercial solar facilities from Distributed Sun that have caused much controversy.

Town of Enfield

Monday, July 17

The Enfield Town Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road. The special meeting is scheduled to discuss audit claims.

Tuesday, July 18

The Enfield Community Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building.

Town of Groton

Thursday, July 20

The Groton Planning Board is scheduled to meet at  7:30 p.m. at the Groton Town Hall, 101 Conger Blvd.

Town of Ithaca

Tuesday, July 18

The Town of Ithaca Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. On the agenda is a public hearing for the final subdivision approval for the Ithaca Townhomes (Holochuck Homes) development planned on Route 96

Thursday, July 20

The Planning committee of the Ithaca Town Board meets at 12 p.m.. at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. The agenda includes continued discussion of “rental property oversight strategies” and requirements for two-family dwellings.

Town of Lansing

Wednesday, July 19

The Town Board of Lansing meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road. The agenda wasn’t yet available early Monday morning at time of this list’s publication.

Town of Newfield

Thursday, July 20

The Newfield planning board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the Newfield Town Hall, 166 Main St.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, July 18

The Ulysses Planning board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St., Trumansburg. The main agenda item is a sketch plan and district revision for DD-8 Moore’s Outboard Sales and Service, on Dubois Road.

Wednesday, July 19

The Ulysses Board of Zoning Appeals will continue a public hearing for changes to the Inn at Taughannock at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St., Trumansburg. Jamie Swinnerton has a report on the last hearing night on ithaca.com.

Thursday, July 20

The Ulysses Agriculture committee is scheduled to meet at the Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Village of Cayuga Heights

Monday, July 17

The Village Trustees of Cayuga Heights meet at 7 p.m. at Marcham Hall, across from Community Corners. No agenda was posted on the village website as of early Monday morning.

Village of Dryden

Thursday, July 20

The Village Board is scheduled to meet on the second floor of the Village Hall, 16 South St. No agenda has been posted on the village of Dyrden website as of early Monday morning.

Village of Freeville

Tuesday, July 18

A site plan review of the Planning Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, 5 Factory St. for an application submitted by Weaver Wind Energy to install a 100-foot tower and 15kW turbine.

Village of Groton

The Village Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet on the third Monday of every month. No agenda is posted to the village website. 

Village of Lansing

Monday, July 17

The Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Village of Lansing office, 2405 N. Triphammer Road. There’s a public hearing scheduled on changing the definition of a household in village zoning law and consideration of a memorandum of understanding on future wastewater treatment and transport with Cayuga Heights.

Village of Trumansburg

No meetings scheduled.


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