Government Happenings, Tompkins County: July 24-28

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 24

The county legislature’s Transportation committee meets at 10 a.m. at 121 E. Court St. On the agenda is a continued discussion of ride-hailing operations, including Lyft.

Wednesday, July 26

The county Workforce Diversity and Inclusion committee meet at 3:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Old Jail, 125 E. Court. On the agenda is a report on the living wage from chairperson Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, discussion of exit interviews, public participation, and an update on the county internal “climate survey.”

Thursday, July 27

The Tompkins County Council of Governments meets at 3 p.m. in the conference room at the Old Jail, 125 E. Court St. On the agenda is an update on shared services, a discussion of converting streetlights to LED bulbs, and further discussion of problems with providing enough EMS service. 

City of Ithaca

Monday, July 24

The Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Council meets at 6 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall at 108 E. Green St.

Tuesday, July 25

The Planning & Development Board meets at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. The agenda includes review of the site plan for a rebuild of the McDonald’s on Elmira Road, and declaring “lead agency” status for the rebuild of apartments at 203-209 Elm Street by Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services and the Lakeview Health Services five-story building proposed for Court & Meadow streets.

The Board of Fire Commissioners meets at 4 p.m. at the Central Fire Station, 310 W. Green St. The agenda includes continued discussion of what to do if the proposed referendum to consolidate city commissions passes and the Board of Fire Commissioners is eliminated.

Wednesday, July 26

The Community Police Board meets at 3:30 p.m. in the Common Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall. On the agenda are monthly reports from the council liaison and the Ithaca Police Department liaison to the board, which exists to take citizen complaints about police conduct.

The Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission (ILPC) meets at 1 p.m. at 936 University Avenue, “The Foundry,” to hold a public hearing on a proposal to replace a window there with a door.

Thursday, July 27

The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency board is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. in council chambers at City Hall.

The Workforce Diversity Advisory committee is scheduled to meet at 9:15 a.m. on the second floor of City Hall.

The Public Art Commission is scheduled to meet at 12 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall.

Town of Caroline

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Danby

Monday, July 24

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

Town of Dryden

Wednesday, July 26

The Dryden Recreation and Youth Commission meets at 7 p.m. at the Dryden Town Hall, 93 E. Main St.

Thursday, July 27

The Dryden Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Dryden Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. On the agenda is site plan review for a 42 townhome project at 802 Dryden Road and further discussion of commercial solar projects proposed in the town.

Town of Enfield

Tuesday, July 25

The Enfield Comprehensive Plan committee meets at 7 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road.

Wednesday, July 26

The newly formed Enfield Renewable Energy Advisory committee meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road.

More information from the Town of Enfield calendar:

The Enfield Town Board, by Resolution on June 14, 2017, has formed a citizens advisory committee “Renewable Energy Advisory Committee,” as a standing committee with the goals and purposes of gathering and substantiating relevant information concerning alternative energy impacts and regulations, particularly in the fields of wind and solar power, and to make recommendations to the Town Board.

Thursday, July 27

There will be an Enfield “community conversation” at the Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on the Jail Study Report, which you can read here.

Town of Groton

Wednesday, July 26

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 7 p.m. at the Groton Town Hall, 101 Conger Blvd., if applications are received.

Town of Ithaca

Monday, July 24

The Ithaca Town Board meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. On the agenda is a public hearing for a proposed local law “extending the moratorium on new two-family dwellings, and on the addition of a second dwelling unit to an existing one-family dwelling, through Oct. 31, 2017.” There’s also discussion of a request to establish an open development zone at 185 Kendall Avenue and discussion of awarding a contract for the 2017 “Manhole Rehabilitation Project.”

Tuesday, July 25

The Town of Ithaca Agriculture committee meets at 7 p.m. at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. On the agenda are regular reports from the county Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, the Farm Bureau, and the county Soil and Water Conservation District, along with scheduling the annual town board farm tour.

Town of Lansing

Monday, July 24

The Town of Lansing planning board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road. On the agenda is reviewing the Land Use Ordinance on the topic of lot size with water and making a recommendation to the Town Board, and working on a new section of Land Use law for solar and alternative energy installations.

Town of Newfield

No meetings scheduled, but Old Home Days is this coming weekend!

Update: We misread the Town of Newfield website – the Town Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 27 at the Town Hall, 166 Main St. No agenda is yet available as of Monday afternoon.

Town of Ulysses

Monday, July 24

The Steering Committee for Zoning Updates will meet at 7 p.m. at the Ulysses Town Hall, 10 Elm St., Trumansburg. The discussion will include draft guidelines for ag/rural zoning, and design guidelines and subdivision.

Tuesday, July 25

The Ulysses Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Ulysses Town Hall, 10 Elm St., Trumansburg. The agenda includes a tour of town hall heating, cooling, and insulation; an animal control contract, discussion of a shared services proposal to change streetlights to LED, appointing a second deputy clerk, and looking at funding options with Clean Energy Communities monies.

 

Village of Cayuga Heights

Monday, July 24

The Cayuga Heights Planning Board meets at 7 p.m.  at Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Road. On the agenda, there’s a site plan review of Corners Community medical office building and an informal presentation on a proposed parochial school at Village Green Plaza.

Village of Dryden

No meetings scheduled this week.

Village of Freeville

No meetings scheduled this week.

Village of Lansing

Tuesday, July 25

The Planning Board meets at 7 p.m.  at the Village of Lansing office, 2405 N. Triphammer Road. On the agenda is a public hearing to consider a proposal from Park Grove Realty LLC to “construct 14 10-unit townhome buildings” on a 19-acre parcel in the Cornell Business and Technology Park. Also scheduled is a presentation from Eric Goetzmann of Triax Management Group relating to the amendment to the Lansing Meadows planned development zone.

Village of Trumansburg

Thursday, July 27

The Village of Trumansburg Planning Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at 56 E. Main St.


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