Law-Making, Hell-Raising Opportunities This Week in Tompkins County Governments Meetings

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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

Tuesday, November 14

The Facilities and Infrastructure committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 3 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. in the legislature chambers. On the agenda are resolutions on establishing a unit charge for the 2018 solid waste fee; authorizing an agreement with Tetra Tech Architects for the Tompkins Center for History and Culture project in the former Tompkins Trust building on Seneca Street; and on a parking rate increase at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.

The Budget, Capital and Personnel committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 4 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. in the legislature chambers. Resolutions on the agenda include: Accepting $300,000 grant from New York State for Tompkins County Public Library improvements; appropriating funds for resource protection along the West Hill Wildway project and the Black Diamond Trail; and awarding a slew of fall 2017 tourism grants.

Wednesday, November 15

The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency meets at 3 p.m. in the legislative chambers at 121 E. Court St. On the agenda is a sales tax abatement application from Cayuga Ridge nursing home for its renovation project.

Thursday, November 16

The Tompkins County Council of Governments meets at 3 p.m. in the Old Jail at 125 E. Court St. No agenda available yet.

The Public Safety committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 3 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. On the agenda is a discussion of a “pathway for considering consolidation of police agencies/functions” and a resolution to approve the cost of hiring an additional senior probation officer in 2017.

The Jail Study committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 4:30 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. On the agenda is discussion on the criminal justice coordinator job description.

 

City of Ithaca

Monday, November 13

The Board of Public Works meets at 4:45 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. On the agenda is a vote on putting a 4-way stop at the intersection of Cayuga and Cascadilla streets; approval of the West State/Martin Luther King Jr. street corridor changes on Inlet Island; and a discussion of perhaps instituting parking fees at city parks.

Not a city meeting, per se, but an information and discussion session is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center on “Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), a harm reduction program that seeks to decrease reliance on the criminal justice system by allowing police officers to divert individuals to community-based resources instead of arrest.” Organized by the Drug Policy Alliance.

Tuesday, November 14

The Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission [ILPC] will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Common Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. On the agenda are public hearings on proposals for renovations to structures at 111 Orchard Place and 100 Ridgewood Road, along with taking a look at conceptual design plans for a carriage house at 310 W. State St.

The Board of Fire Commissioners meets at 4 p.m. at the Central Station, 310 W. Green St.

Wednesday, November 15

The City Administration committee meets at City Hall at 6 p.m. On the agenda are approvals for new inspection and permit fees for Ithaca Fire Department; approving improvements at the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility; voting on West State/Martin Luther King street changes; and adoption of rules of procedure for the city advisory commissions approved by voters last week.

 


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Town of Caroline

Friday, November 17

The Caroline Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Road for its monthly business meeting. No agenda available yet.

 

Town of Danby

Monday, November 13

The Danby Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road. On the agenda is the interview of a Planning Board applicant; and recommendation on removing a house on Ridgecrest Road.

Thursday, November 16

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

Town of Dryden

Thursday, November 16

The Dryden Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. No agenda yet; documents for board meetings are here and should be updated before the meeting.

Town of Enfield

Monday, November 13

The Enfield Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road. The special meeting is to move the 2018 town budget to final status.

Town of Groton

Tuesday, November 14

The Groton Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 103 Conger Boulevard. On the agenda is discussion and action on the 2018 budget; and discussion and setting a public hearing for Local Law No. 4 for December 12 at 8 p.m.

Thursday, November 16

The Groton Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 103 Conger Boulevard. On the agenda is a preliminary site plan review for storage units on Route 34B.

Town of Ithaca

Monday, November 13

The Town of Ithaca Planning committee meets at 3 p.m. at the Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St.

The Ithaca Town Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St.

Tuesday, November 14

The Town of Ithaca Public Works committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St.

Wednesday, November 15

The Town of Ithaca Personnel & Organization committee at 2:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St.

Town of Lansing

Monday, November 13

The Lansing Planning Board meets at 6 p.m. at the Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road. On the agenda is site plan approval for the surface facilities at the Cargill mine shaft no. 4 project; review of construction by Crown Castle to build a cell tower at 1901 E. Shore Drive; review of public comments from the Comprehensive Plan public hearing with a recommendation for adoption to the Town Board; and discussion on the Cornerstone project “Milton Meadows” apartments.

Wednesday, November 15

The Lansing Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road. A public hearing is scheduled on Cayuga Orchard Apartments CWD extension and a local law on extending Cold War veteran exemptions

Town of Newfield

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, November 14

The Ulysses Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St. On the agenda is setting a public hearing for the fire contract, and a “new business” item on “objection to renewal of DEC salt mine permit without thorough environmental review.”

Wednesday, November 15

The Ulysses Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St. On the agenda are appeals for variances on properties at 4011 Dubois Road and 2125 Lake Street Extension.

Thursday, November 16

The Ulysses 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 on website.

Village of Freeville

Monday, November 13

An informational meeting is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. at the Freeville Fire station about the Department of Transportation’s proposed Route 38 bridge replacement project in 2019.

Village of Groton

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Lansing

Monday, November 13

The Lansing Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Village Office, 2405 N. Triphammer Road. On the agenda is a proposal for development of a vacant lot and old restaurant into a new set of 30,000 square foot retail buildings by Triax Management group; and an informal proposal for a possible Planned Development Area at the Shops at Ithaca Mall.

Thursday, November 16

The Lansing Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. at 2405 N. Triphammer Road for a variance to build a sun room on their property at 2 Millcroft Way.

Village of Trumansburg

The Village Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, 56 E. Main St. On the agenda is a report on an EMS training policy and standby agreement, and the planning board request for an “analysis of impact of Hamilton Square on services, infrastructure, and taxes.”

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