Law Making & Hell Raising Chances in Tompkins County This Week, October 2-6

Categories Ithaca, Politics

Do you want to know what your local government is doing? Do you want to tell your local government to do something else? 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. If you see a meeting missing from this list, email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org.

Tompkins County

Monday, October 2

The Community Budget Forum to look at the recommended 2018 Tompkins County budget will be held at 7 p.m. in the county legislature chambers, 121 E. Court St. Residents are invited to learn about the budget and share their opinions with legislators. Voting on changes to the county administrator’s budget begin on October 10.

Tuesday, October 3

The Budget, Capital and Personnel committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 4:45 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. in the legislature chambers. On the agenda is confirming the appointment of a new Commissioner of Social Services, and resolutions to issue bonds to pay for road reconstruction.

The County Legislature meets at 5:30 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. On the agenda is adoption of an “inter-municipal emergency communications agreement,” confirming the appointment of a new commissioner of Social Services, and allocating replacement pay for a position in the sheriff’s office.

Wednesday, October 4

The Government Operations committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 3:30 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. in the legislature chambers. Voting resolutions include: appointing an election commissioner for 2018-19; funding a budget transfer to fund the 2017 search for a new county administrator to replace Joe Mareane; discussion of an opioid lawsuit; and a public wi-fi project update.

Thursday, October 5

The Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality committee meets at 3 p.m. in legislature chambers. On the agenda include resolutions to approve issuing $26.5 million in bonds to Ithaca College from the Tompkins County Development Corporation; authorizing expenditures for TCAT; and spending money on protection of the Black Diamond Trail and West Hill Wildway.

City of Ithaca

Tuesday, October 3

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. at 6 p.m. On the agenda are variance requests from an INHS project at 203-211 Elm Street; a variance for residential changes to a house at 228 S. Geneva St., and an appeal for a parking variance from Ed Cope of PPM Homes at 105 Hudson St.

The Natural Areas Commission meets at the water treatment plant conference room, 202 Water Street, at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 4

The Disability Advisory Council meets at 12:15 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. The agenda includes discussion and planning for an Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for the city of Ithaca.

Mayor Svante Myrick will be presenting the proposed 2018 city budget at 5:30 p.m. in Common Council chambers.

Common Council meets at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. On the agenda is approving the transfer of Green Street garage property to the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency; a resolution requesting environmental review of the proposed Cargill mine shaft; and amendments to the 2017 budgets for IPD and IFD to receive grants.

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Town of Caroline

Tuesday, October 3

The Caroline Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Road. The tentative 2018 budget will be introduced; and a resolution is on the agenda to authorize the Town Court’s application for a “Justice Court Assistance Program” grant to make energy improvements to the Town Hall.

Town of Danby

Monday, October 2

There’s a special Town Board meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road. The agenda is presentation of the tentative 2018 budget and consideration of a local law overriding the tax cap for 2018.

Thursday, October 5

The Danby Community Council meets at 5 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road.

Town of Dryden

Tuesday, October 3

The Dryden Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. There’s a public hearing to consider the application of SUN8 PDC LLC (Distributed Sun LLC) for variances to build large-scale solar energy systems at 2150 Dryden Road and on the Ellis Tract off Turkey Hill road.

Town of Enfield

Wednesday, October 4

The Enfield Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road. The special meeting is on the 2018 tentative Town Budget.

The October planning board meeting, usually held on the first Wednesday, has been canceled.

 

Town of Groton

No meetings scheduled on website.

Town of Ithaca

 

Thursday, October 5

The Conservation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. Andy Zepp of the Finger Lakes Land Trust will be presenting on the West Hill Wildway.

The Ithaca Town Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. No agenda yet; it’s the “budget” meeting that schedules work for later meetings in the month.

Town of Lansing

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Newfield

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, October 3

The Town of Ulysses Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St. A public hearing is scheduled for environmental review and site plan on the Inn at Taughannock’s plans to build a lawn with gardens and patios.

 

Thursday, October 5

The Town of Ulysses steering committee for zoning updates meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St. The agenda includes discussion on ag/rural zoning and Jacksonville design guidelines.

The Ulysses Town Board has a budget meeting scheduled for 8 a.m. at the Town Hall.

Village of Cayuga Heights

Monday, October 2

The Cayuga Heights Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. at Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Road. The special meeting is a continuation of a September 18 meeting on zoning law review.

Village of Dryden

No meetings listed online.

Village of Freeville

Wednesday, October 4

The Freeville Board of Trustees meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall, 5 Factory St. No agenda yet posted. A Court Audit is listed for 7 p.m.

Village of Groton

Tuesday, October 3

The Planning Board is supposed to meet first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 143 Cortland St. No agenda listed on the village website.

Village of Lansing

Monday, October 2

The Lansing Board of Trustees meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Office, 2405 N. Triphammer Road. The board will be considering a Fisher Associates proposal for engineering services for Bomax Drive Apartments and continue a discussion of defining households for zoning purposes.

Village of Trumansburg

Monday, October 2

The Trumansburg Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, 56 E. Main St. On the agenda is a resolution “objecting to the DEC permitting Cargill mine expansion without proper environmental review” and re-introduction of a proposed law to provide for appointing alternate members to the planning and zoning boards.

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