Tompkins County Government Happenings, August 7-11

Categories Housing & Development, 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 in descending alphabetical order by name, then villages in the same arrangement. School board agendas coming soon.

Tompkins County

Tuesday, August 8

The Facilities and Infrastructure committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 3 p.m. in the legislature chambers at 121 E. Court St. The agenda includes votes on sending resolutions to the full legislature on the following topics:

— Executing a funding agreement with the New York State Department of Transportation for Hanshaw Road reconstruction in the towns of Ithaca and Dryden.

— Awarding a contract for pavement maintenance and painting at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.

— Awarding a bid for collecting recyclable materials.

— Authorizing the acquisition of the Tompkins Trust building at 106-112 North Tioga Street


City of Ithaca

Tuesday, August 8

The city Parks Commission meets at 12 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave.

The Board of Fire Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. at the Central Fire Station, 310 W. Green St. The agenda includes discussion of new and resigning volunteer members.

The Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission (ILPC) will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Common Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. On the agenda are public hearings for a proposed historic designation for the Chacona Block, 411-415 College Ave., changes to 106 The Knoll and 112-114 Ferris Place, and consideration of an economic hardship application for owners of 310 W. State St.


Wednesday, August 9

The Planning and Economic Development committee of Common Council meets at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. On the agenda is a public hearing on changing the proposed distribution of about $207,000 in federal (Housing & Urban Development) funds to housing-related programs. Lakeview Health Services turned down over $43,000 in funds that the city allotted it for a rental housing project at 709 W. Court St, so the difference is being allotted to a Habitat of Tompkins/Cortland build at 402 S. Cayuga St., The Learning Web’s housing scholarship program, Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga’s security deposit assistance fund, and leaving just over $20,000 for the city to still distribute.

A special joint committee meeting is being held at 12:30 p.m. at the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, 525 Third St., to discuss facility business. Agreements on joint sewer and plant-to-plant arrangements are being discussed.


Thursday, August 10

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. The agenda includes appeals for variances for the new Finger Lakes ReUse building at 215 Elmira Road and a parking variance for a home at 413 S. Titus Ave.

Town of Caroline

Wednesday, August 9

The Caroline Town Board business meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Caroline Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Springs Rd. On the agenda is the introduction of a local law to override the tax levy limit for fiscal year 2018, a resolution committing the town to installing an electrical vehicle charging station at Town Hall, making awards from the Caroline Broadband Fund, and a resolution to “budget for professional services for EMS planning in 2018.”

Town of Danby

No meetings scheduled, but Danby is looking for a new planning board member – learn how to apply for the position here.

Town of Dryden

Wednesday, August 9

The Dryden Agriculture Advisory committee is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Dryden Town Hall, 93 E. Main St.

Thursday, August 10

The Dryden Town Board abstract & agenda meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Dryden Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. No agenda yet available.

Town of Enfield

Wednesday, August 9

The Enfield Town Board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road. No agenda available yet.

Update, Monday morning – The agenda for Enfield’s Town Board this week includes dealing with resolutions on an “override the tax levy limit” law, regarding property at 198 Enfield Main Road, and setting a hearing for a “Best Value” law.

Town of Groton

The Groton Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at 101 Conger Boulevard. On the agenda is approving the appointments of Mark Baxendell, Ted Schiele, Richard Gamel, Robin Cargian, and Rick Fritz to a new Commercial Energy Facilities committee.

Town of Ithaca

Monday, August 7

The Ithaca Town Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. On the agenda are several public hearings:

— On a new local law “adding art mural provisions to town code.”

— On  improving the water main and a tank on Ellis Hollow Road and “Establishing the Town of Ithaca Ellis Hollow Road Water Main and Tank Installation Water Improvement Area.”

— On a local law to override the tax levy limit in 2018.


Town of Lansing

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Newfield

Thursday, August 10

The town board’s regular business meeting will be held after two public hearings, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the Newfield Town Hall, 166 Main St. One public hearing is regarding the adoption of proposed Local Law #4 of 2017: “A Local Law Providing for Large Scale Solar Energy.” The proposed law can be read in full at this link. The other public hearing is regarding a new site plan review law.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, August 8

The Ulysses Town Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St., Trumansburg. On the agenda is setting a date for a public hearing to override the local levy tax cap and setting the pay rate for a temporary highway employee.

Village of Cayuga Heights

Monday, August 7

A Board of Zoning Appeals meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Road. The agenda has applications for one variance: a subdivision of a lot at 620 Cayuga Heights Road, and also the acceptance of an easement for a medical office at 903 Hanshaw Road.

Village of Dryden

No meetings scheduled this week.

Village of Freeville

No meetings scheduled this week.

Village of Groton

No meetings listed on website this week.

Village of Lansing

Monday, August 7

The Village of Lansing Board of Trustees meets at 7:30 p.m. at the village office, 2405 N. Triphammer Road. A public hearing will be continued on a proposed local law that would amend the definition of a household in zoning, and the board will consider a water rate agreement with Bolton Point.

Village of Trumansburg

No meetings scheduled this week.

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