Tompkins County Government Happenings, September 11-15

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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. If you see a meeting missing from this list, email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org.

Tompkins County

Monday, September 11

The Special Facilities and Infrastructure committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 5:15 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. in the legislature chambers. On the agenda are resolutions to authorize acceptance of Federal Aviation Administration grants and award bids to make improvements at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.

The full Tompkins County Legislature meets in chambers at 121 E. Court St. at 5:30 p.m. The special meeting’s agenda is entirely dedicated to approving the grants and bids for the airport.

At 5:45 p.m. in legislature chambers, the Expanded Budget, Capital, and Personnel committee meets to hear departmental presentations about the 2018 budget.

Tuesday, September 12

The county Facilities and Infrastructure committee meets at 3 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. On the agenda are resolutions to issue up to $350,000 in bonds to pay the cost of reconstructing a portion of Ellis Hollow Road, up to $200,000 in bonds to help reconstruct the South Danby Road bridge, and up to $1 million in bonds to pay a portion of improvements on roads at “Various Locations” around the county.

Wednesday, September 13

The Expanded Budget, Capital, and Personnel committee meets at 5:30 p.m. in legislature chambers for a “regular budget meeting,” as it is budget meeting season. No agenda is available yet.

Thursday, September 14

The Expanded Budget, Capital, and Personnel committee meets at 5:30 p.m. in legislature chambers for a “regular budget meeting,” as it is budget meeting season. No agenda is available yet.

City of Ithaca

Monday, September 11

The Board of Public Works meets at 4:45 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. On the agenda are votes to endorse a new City of Ithaca Parks logo and endorsing a “nature play area” at Wood Street Park.

Tuesday, September 12

The Board of Fire Commissioners meets at 4 p.m. at Central Fire Station, 310 W. Green St. A report from the subcommittee on strategic planning for the Ithaca Fire Department is on the agenda.

The Parks Commission meets at 12 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave. On the agenda is a New Roots school proposal to “adopt” DeWitt Park and repurposing former Commons equipment.

The Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 108 E. Green St. On the agenda are public hearings for changes to properties at 118 Triphammer Road and 407 N. Cayuga St.

Wednesday, September 13

The Planning and Economic Development committee meets at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. On the agenda are votes on transferring the Green Street parking garage to Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency ownership as the first step in a re-build to develop it with 300-plus apartments, designation for the Larkin Building at 403 College Ave. as a historic landmark, and a resolution requesting an environmental review of the Cargill mine shaft.


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Town of Caroline

Wednesday, September 13

The Caroline Town Board business meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Road. On the agenda, there’s a resolution to adopt a local law to override the property tax levy limit and a resolution to join an “Article 78 proceeding challenging DEC permitting for Cargill Mine Shaft #4 because of Insufficient Environmental Review.”

Thursday, September 14

The Caroline planning board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Road, as part of a series of meetings on revising Caroline’s comprehensive plan.

Town of Danby

Monday, September 11

The Danby Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road. On the agenda is potentially supporting an Article 78 lawsuit against Cargill salt mine shaft no. 4 and an overview of Danby’s “Planned Development Zone” overhaul.

Town of Dryden

Wednesday, September 13

The Dryden Ag Advisory committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 93 E. Main St.

Thursday, September 14

The Dryden Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. On the agenda are approving an updated agreement and rates for the Southern Cayuga Lake Intermunicipal Water Commission and approving the Dryden Agricultural Farmland protection plan.

Town of Enfield

Wednesday, September 13

The Enfield Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road. On the agenda are energy benchmarking town buildings, getting a grant for the salt storage barn, and an update on joining an amicus brief from Columbia University’s Environmental Law School.

Thursday, September 14

The Renewable Energy Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road.

Town of Groton

Tuesday, September 12

The Groton Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 101 Conger Boulevard. No agenda available yet.

Town of Ithaca

Monday, September 11

The Ithaca Town Board meets at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St., at 5:30 p.m. There are public hearings scheduled for an open development zone at 128 Kendal Ave., adoption of a budget for Southern Cayuga Lake Intermunicipal Water Commission, and 2018 assessment rolls for special benefit districts.

 

Town of Lansing

Monday, September 11

The Lansing planning board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road. On the agenda is a developers meeting with Cargill for site plan review for surface facilities of Shaft No. 4 proposal.

Town of Newfield

Thursday, September 14

The Newfield Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 166 Main St. On the agenda is discussion of the recreation director position and discussion of site plan review law and nuisance law.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, September 12

The Town of Ulysses Town Board meets at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St. On the agenda is a consideration of objections to DEC permitting Cargill mine expansion, a memorandum of understanding with the Jacksonville Community Association about the Jacksonville Park, and a public hearing on amending Chapter 80 of town code, on construction codes.

Village of Cayuga Heights

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Dryden

No meetings listed on village website.

Village of Freeville

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Groton

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Lansing

Monday, September 11

The Lansing planning board meets at 7 p.m. at the Village Office, 2405 N. Triphammer Road. On the agenda, there’s a continuation of a public hearing to issue a special permit to Park Grove Realty LLC to construct 14 10-unit townhome buildings.

Village of Trumansburg

No meetings scheduled.


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