Tompkins County Government Happenings, August 14-18

Categories Ithaca, Politics

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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

Monday, August 14

The Budget, Capital and Personnel committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 4 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:

— Appropriating funds for “Body Camera Service Contract and Equipment Maintenance/Replacement.”

— Appropriations for terminal pay for an employment and training director in the Office of Employment and Training and for a position in the county attorney’s office.

— Budget adjustments and appropriations for unspent funds in 2016 budget.

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

— Extending the additional one-percent sales tax for two years.

— Resolving to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a holiday in Tompkins County.

Tuesday, August 15

The Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality committee meets at 5 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. right before the regular legislature meeting. The agenda includes approving resolutions to authorize a “capital project agreement” between the state Department of Transportation and TCAT and a Federal Transit Administration grant for TCAT.

The full Tompkins County Legislature meets at 5:30 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. The agenda includes approving all the resolutions approved in committee, that you can see above, along with appropriating money for a mass notification system and imposing a new surcharge on prepaid wireless communication devices.

Wednesday, August 16

The Old Library committee will be closing out years of work at a 3:30 p.m. meeting at 121 E. Court St. The agenda includes resolutions for full legislative approval to determine that the 310-314 N. Cayuga St. property is “No Longer Needed for Public Use,” concurring a negative determination of environmental significance for selling the county property, and authorizing a 50-year lease of the property to Dewitt House Associates, LLC (Travis Hyde).

Thursday, August 17

The Public Safety committee meets at 3:30 p.m. in the legislature chambers at 121 E. Court St. Reports from the district attorney and sheriff’s office are on the agenda.

The Jail Study committee meets at 5 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. The agenda includes approving a $15,000 increase in the contract with consultants Center for Governmental Research and a report and discussion on the physical condition of the jail.

City of Ithaca

Monday, August 14

The Board of Public Works meets at 4:45 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. There is a public hearing scheduled on a draft work plan for 2018 sidewalk improvements and a resolution in support of Common Council acquiring a conservation easement in the Six Mile Creek watershed.

The Conservation Advisory Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall.

Tuesday, August 15

The Planning & Development Board’s Project Review committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of City Hall. Projects up for discussion are the Lakeview Health Services housing project at 709 W. Court St., a rebuild of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) apartments on Elm Street, and a proposed duplex at 217 Columbia Street that has some South Hill neighbors upset. (See reports from Kelsey O’Connor and Matt Butler at last week’s Planning & Economic Development committee meeting.)

The Housing Board of Review is scheduled to meet on the fourth floor of City Hall at 12 p.m.

The Building Code Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. on the fourth floor of City Hall.

Wednesday, August 16

The City Administration committee of Common Council meets at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. The agenda includes votes on the following matters:

— Set aside funds for the West Martin Luther King Jr. Street Corridor Enhancement Project (sidewalk and crossing improvements on Inlet Island), with the eventual city share of the project estimated to be $205,000 of $1,025,000 total after the federal government pays 80 percent.

— Adding a recreation program assistant at the Youth Bureau while removing an administrative assistant position.

— Rearranging funding for program assistant positions at GIAC.

— Hiring a permanent full-time office assistant in the Planning, Building, Zoning, and Economic Development office to replace a position held by temps for about two years, and adding a full-time housing inspector.

— Hiring a full-time Commons Maintenance Supervisor.

— Approving the schedule of sidewalk improvement work for 2018.

— Reviewing a proposed ordinance to recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

— Creating an operating permit for food trucks to be issued by the Ithaca Fire Department.

The Rental Housing Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall.

Friday, August 18

The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency governance committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the third floor of City Hall.

Town of Caroline

Tuesday, August 15

The Town of Caroline Watershed committee meets at 7 p.m. at the Caroline Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Springs Rd.

Wednesday, August 16

A public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Caroline Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Springs Rd. The meeting is scheduled “to begin discussion of changes under consideration to Caroline’s Land Use Local Laws.” The town currently has a moratorium in place on all actions subject to site plan or subdivision review, with the idea to study whether to propose new standards that hold builders to a higher requirement of energy efficiency, water conservation, etc.

Town of Danby

Monday, August 14

The Danby Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road. Discussion items on the agenda include an update on solar installations, an update on the county shared services plan, and the future of EMS in Danby.

Thursday, August 17

The Danby Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road.

Town of Dryden

Thursday, August 17

The Dryden Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Dryden Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. No agenda yet; documents for the meeting will be found here and discussion will almost certainly include the solar installation permitting process at several town properties.

 

Town of Enfield

Tuesday, August 15

The Enfield Community Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road.

Wednesday, August 16

The Enfield Town Board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road. The scheduled purpose of this special meeting is working on the 2018 budget.

Town of Groton

Thursday, August 17

The Groton Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. at 101 Conger Boulevard. Public hearings scheduled are for a property at 393 Lick Street applying for commercial outdoor recreation permits and a property at 838 Peruville Road applying for a site plan for commercial offices.

Town of Ithaca

Monday, August 14

The Town of Ithaca Planning Committee meets at 1 p.m. at the Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. Continued consideration of rental property oversight strategies and making recommendations to the full Town Board about operating permits and requirements pertaining to two-family dwellings are on the agenda.

Tuesday, August 15

The Town of Ithaca Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at 215 N. Tioga St. The agenda includes a public hearing approving modifications to the subdivision plan for the Ithaca Townhomes development planned along Route 96 and making a recommendation to the Town Board about establishing an open development area at 185 Kendall Avenue.

Town of Lansing

Monday, August 14

The Lansing Planning Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road. On the agenda is a presentation on the Lansing Commons Apartments project by Rochester’s Cornerstone Group and an update on the solar draft law from the Solar Committee.

Wednesday, August 16

The Lansing Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road. No agenda yet available as of early Monday morning.

Town of Newfield

No meetings scheduled, but Newfield is looking for a part-time recreation director.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, August 15

The Ulysses Planning Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St., Trumansburg. On the agenda is a discussion of solar regulations.

Wednesday, August 16

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St., Trumansburg, with a continuation of the public hearing on changes to the Inn at Taughannock on the agenda.

Village of Cayuga Heights

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Dryden

Thursday, August 17

The monthly Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled to take place at the Village Hall, 16 South St.

UPDATE: According to a public notice in the Ithaca Journal, August 14, the Board of Trustees meeting has been moved to next week, August 24, at 4 p.m.

Village of Freeville

Tuesday, August 15

A Freeville Planning Board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, 5 Factory St.

Village of Groton

No meetings listed on website this week.

Village of Lansing

Monday, August 14

The Village of Lansing Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the village office, 2405 N. Triphammer Road. No agenda available yet.

Village of Trumansburg

Monday, August 14

The Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. On the agenda is a proposed local law to provide for appointment of alternate members to the planning board and zoning board of appeals.

 


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