Raise Hell, Make Laws: Tompkins County Government Happenings October 9-14

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.

Elected Representative Feedback Opportunities

Rep. Tom Reed is holding three town halls on October 14, and while they’re admittedly not within Tompkins County, he is the elected representative of the county in Congress. If you’d like to go say hello to Rep. Reed, here’s his schedule for Saturday, October 14:

8:30 am Candor Fire Hall
11:00 am Romulus Central School
1:30 pm Hammondsport American Legion.

Thursday, October 12

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats) is holding a meeting at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 North Tioga St. from 5 to 6 p.m.

Tompkins County

Tuesday, October 10

The Facilities and Infrastructure committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 3 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. in the legislature chambers. Resolutions are on the agenda to accept state assistance to buy a passenger boarding bridge and install apron lighting for the county airport .

The expanded Budget, Capital and Personnel committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 5:30 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. in the legislature chambers. No agenda is yet available, but it is the meeting where the legislature will start voting on budget items for 2018.

Thursday, October 12

The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors meets at 4 p.m. in the legislative chambers at 121 E. Court St. On the agenda is review of a new mission statement, and review and approval of a community solar policy.

The expanded Budget, Capital and Personnel committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 5:30 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. in the legislature chambers. No agenda is yet available, but it is the second meeting for the legislature to start voting on budget items for 2018.

City of Ithaca

Tuesday, October 10

The Economic Development Committee of the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 3:30 p.m. in Common Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. A report on the Green Street garage redevelopment plan and discussion of the “financial history of a particular corporation” is on the agenda.

Read More: What Will Replace the Green Street Garage?

The Board of Fire Commissioners meets at the Central Fire Station, 310 W. Green St.,  at 4 p.m. On the agenda is a resolution opposing the dissolution of the Board of Fire Commissioners and strategic planning for the Ithaca Fire Department.

The Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission meets at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. A public hearing is scheduled on a proposal to replace a seam metal roof with asphalt shingles at 313 E. Buffalo St.

Wednesday, October 11

The Planning & Economic Development committee meets at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. A public hearing is scheduled on a zoning overlay district on South Hill, along with votes on designating the Chacona Block at 411-415 College Ave. as a historic landmark and on the Assessment of Fair Housing.


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Town of Caroline

Wednesday, October 11

The Caroline Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Road for its monthly business meeting. On the agenda are resolutions to renew the town’s certification as a living wage employer, authorization for the supervisor to sign a stream gauge agreement with the United States Geological Service and a resolution to sign the 2018-2022 Tompkins County Recreational Partnership.

Town of Danby

Monday, October 9

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

Town of Dryden

Wednesday, October 11

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

Thursday, October 12

The Dryden Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. Discussion and action items include: Budget review for fire & ambulance companies; scheduling a public hearing on the 2018 budget; a BridgeNY update; and a solar projects update.

Town of Enfield

Wednesday, October 11

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

Town of Groton

Tuesday, October 10

The Groton Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 103 Conger Boulevard. The agenda includes an audit report from Patrick Jordan of Insero & Co., approving a partnership agreement with Tompkins County Youth Services Recreation, and setting a date for 2018 budget hearing.

Town of Ithaca

No meetings scheduled this week.

Town of Lansing

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Newfield

Thursday, October 12

The Newfield Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 166 Main St.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, October 10

The Town Board of Ulysses  meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St. On the agenda is approval of Clean Energy Community grant application; setting a public hearing date for the 2018 budget; and historic preservation of the church in Jacksonville.

Wednesday, October 11

The Town Board of Ulysses meets at 3 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St., for a 2018 budget meeting.

Thursday, October 12

The Town Board of Ulysses meets at 4 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St., for a 2018 budget meeting.

Village of Cayuga Heights

Thursday, October 12

The Cayuga Heights Board of Trustees meets at 1 p.m. at Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Road. The special meeting is scheduled to discuss the status of GHD’s studies on the wastewater treatment plant.

Village of Dryden

No meetings listed online.

Village of Freeville

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Groton

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Lansing

Monday, October 9

The Lansing Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Village Office, 2405 N. Triphammer Road. No agenda listed yet.

Village of Trumansburg

Thursday, October 12

The Trumansburg Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, 56 E. Main St.

Featured photograph: Rep. Tom Reed outside Southside Community Center in March 2017. Photo: Josh Brokaw/TruthSayers


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