Make Laws, Raise Hell: November 6-10 Tompkins County Government Happenings

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.

Remember to Vote: Tuesday, November 7

Listen to some of TruthSayers’ interviews with candidates in contested Tompkins County races at the link.

 

Tompkins County

Thursday, November 9

The Tompkins County Legislature meets at 5:30 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. in the legislature chambers. On the agenda: A presentation on an “alternative governance” model for Ithaca parks, by PROS Consulting; accepting a state grant to spend $7,500 to replace sheriff’s office road patrol cameras; approving the issuance of $13,500,000 in bonds by the Tompkins County Development Corporation on behalf of Ithacare/Longview; adoption of the 2018 Tompkins County budget; and authorizing the county attorney to enter into an agreement to pursue litigation against opioid pharmacuetical manufacturers.

Read More: $275 Million-Plus to Be Spent by Tompkins County Governments Next Year, Do You Care? 

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.

 

City of Ithaca

Tuesday, November 7

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 6 p.m. in Common Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. On the agenda is an appeal by Cornell for a sign variance to install a banner on the leasing trailer at Maplewood, at 151 Maple Avenue. Also on the agenda is an appeal by Coltivare to install an awning outside at 235 S. Cayuga St.

The Access Oversight committee meets at 5 p.m. at the Pegasys Access Center, 519 W. Green St. On the agenda is a report on the quality of Pegasys cablecasts, and discussion of residential eligibility rules for producers.

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. Finalizing a Restore NY grant to get funding to renovate downtown buildings, as well as finalizing a request-for-proposals for the Green Street garage project, are on the agenda.

Read More: What Will Replace the Green Street Garage?

The Natural Areas Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at the water treatment plant, 202 Water Street. Conservation laws and signs for natural areas are on the agenda.

Wednesday, November 8

The Planning & Economic Development committee meets at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. A proposed resolution to authorize a memorandum of understanding with Cornell to put a gate in front of Ezra’s Tunnel is on the agenda, along with design guidelines for Collegetown and Downtown; an electric box mural proposal; and discussion of a parks and recreation master plan.

The special joint committee on the Ithaca Wastewater Treatment Facility meets at 12:30 p.m. at the wastewater plant, 525 Third St. Votes are scheduled on paying for engineering for a grit removal project, concrete restoration, replacing an emergency generator, for a total of about $434,000; adopting 2018 disposal rates; and engineering improvements to the flow monitoring stations owned by the plant, for a cost of about $23,000.


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Town of Caroline

Wednesday, November 8

The Caroline Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Road for its monthly agenda meeting. A public hearing on the preliminary 2018 budget is on the agenda.

Here’s the proposed 2018 Caroline town budget.

Thursday, November 9

The Caroline Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Road. The board is working on updating the town comprehensive plan.

Town of Danby

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Dryden

Tuesday, November 7

A Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. No agenda available yet; ongoing project documentation is here.

Wednesday, November 8

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

Thursday, November 9

The Dryden Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. for its monthly agenda meeting. A public hearing will be held on the 2018 budget. The preliminary budget can be found here.

Town of Enfield

Wednesday, November 8

The Enfield Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road. A public hearing will be held on the 2018 town budget.

Town of Groton

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Ithaca

No meetings scheduled this week.

Town of Lansing

A special Lansing Town Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road. On the agenda is a public hearing on the 2018 budget, followed by a vote on the budget.

Town of Newfield

Monday, November  6

The Newfield Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 166 Main St. to finalize the 2018 town budget.

Thursday, November 9

The Newfield Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 166 Main St. A public hearing is scheduled on the 2018 town budget.

Town of Ulysses

Thursday, November 9

The Zoning Update Steering Committee meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St.

Village of Cayuga Heights

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Dryden

No meetings listed online.

Village of Freeville

Tuesday, November 7

The Freeville Board of Trustees meets at the Village Hall, 5 Factory St., at 7:30 p.m.

Village of Groton

Tuesday, November 7

The Village of Groton planning board is scheduled to meet on first Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m., 143 E. Cortland St.

Village of Lansing

Monday, November 6

The Lansing Board of Trustees meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Office, 2405 N. Triphammer Road. On the agenda is approving the sending of unpaid taxes to Tompkins County; setting a public hearing for a local law to change the village of Cayuga Heights’ sewer rental rate; and continued discussion on household definitions.

Village of Trumansburg

No meetings scheduled.

Featured photograph: The Tompkins County legislature chambers during a June 2017 IDA meeting. Photo: Josh Brokaw/TruthSayers


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