Make Laws, Raise Hell: December 4-10 Government Happenings, Tompkins County

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

Tuesday, December 5

The Budget, Capital and Personnel committee of the Tompkins County Legislature meets at 5:15 p.m. in the legislative chambers at 121 E. Court St. On the agenda is authorizing a contract with Insero & Co. for financial auditing services; and a resolution to execute a contract with Benetech Inc. for human resouces services.

 

The full Tompkins County Legislature meets at 5:30 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. in the legislature chambers. On the agenda are the above items with Insero & Benetech, along with a vote on a law to override the tax levy limit in 2018, and a resolution authorizing the county to agree to a Memorandum of understanding with the city, on the value of the TCAT facility along Willow Ave.

Wednesday, December 6

The Government Operations committee meets at 3:30 p.m. in the legislative chamber. On the agenda is accepting $300,000 from a state grant program to pay for Tompkins County Public Library improvements, and discussion of net neutrality repeal.

Thursday, December 7

The Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality committee meets at 3 p.m. in the legislative chambers. On the agenda is discussion of Pressure boosters in NYSEG gas lines in Lansing; discussion of TCAD funding for 2019-23, and approving funding of the West End Heights housing project and for doing a vacancy and rents survey.

City of Ithaca

Tuesday, December 5

The Natural Areas Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Water Treatment plant, 202 Water St. They’re talking about the new city commission structure – which, I’m told, you can sign up for now if you’re a city citizen. The right web page is not immediately apparent on the city website.

Update: Here’s the link – it takes some searching.

Wednesday, December 6

Common Council’s monthly meeting is at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. On the voting agenda is a proposed resolution to secure ‘Ezra’s Tunnel’ at Ithaca Falls park; authorizing an agreement to ‘share proceeds from any future sale of Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit [TCAT] parcel;” and adopting rules of procedure for the new advisory commissions. Pete Tyler’s appointment to be permanent Ithaca Police Department chief is also on the voting agenda.

The Disability Advisory Council meets at 12:15 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. On the agenda is discussion of the possibility of an Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for the city, and discussion of the city’s ADA complaint procedures.


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Town of Caroline

Tuesday, December 5

The Caroline Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at 2670 Slaterville Springs Road, to set an agenda for the December 13 business meeting. This note is appended to the agenda posting:

*Please note that we are still working on revisions to Caroline’s Subdivision and Site Plan Review Laws that began under the Moratorium (A Local Law Providing for a Moratorium on Actions Subject to Site Plan or Subdivision Review for a Period of 180 Days). We now expect to have drafts ready for public review in early 2018, at which point we will introduce them in an Information Session and schedule a Public Hearing. The Moratorium will expire on December 31st. Until the revised versions are adopted by the Town Board as new local laws, Caroline’s existing Subdivision and Site Plan Review Laws remain in place. 

Town of Danby

Thursday, December 7

It has been brought to TruthSayers’ attention that the Danby Community Council meetings are not governmental meetings — it’s a citizens’ council with no legal power. If that sounds like something you’re into, they meet at 7 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road.

Town of Dryden

Monday, December 4

Check with the Dryden Town office at 607-844-8888 to see if there is a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting at 7 p.m. – they are only held if variances are up for question. None is listed on the website.

Town of Enfield

Wednesday, December 6

The Enfield Planning Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road. No agenda listed yet.

 

Town of Groton

Monday, December 4

The Groton Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 103 Conger Boulevard. The special meeting was called “for the purpose of reviewing and approving Part 2 and Part 3 of the Full Environmental Assessment Form as part of SEQR review as required for Proposed Local Law #4 for the Year 2017, entitled “A Local Law to Amend Various Sections of the Town of Groton Land Use & Development Code as Enacted by Local Law #1 of the Year 2011.”

Town of Ithaca

Tuesday, December 5

The Ithaca Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. There’s a public hearing scheduled for modifications to the Maplewood project plan, with Cornell asking to work on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Another hearing is scheduled on the proposed “IthaCAN” & bottle return for 614 Elmira Road.

Thursday, December 7

The Town of Ithaca Conservation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. Ingrid Zabel, climate change educator at the Paleontological Research Institution, will present on climate change resources in New York State & the New York Climate Change Science clearinghouse.

Town of Lansing

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Newfield

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, December 5

The Ulysses Planning Board is scheduled to meet at 10 Elm St., Trumansburg, at 7 p.m., with a 45 square foot sign at the Ridersport Honda on the agenda.

Thursday, December 7

The Town of Ulysses Steering committee for Zoning Updates meets at 10 Elm St., at 7 p.m.

Village of Cayuga Heights

Tuesday, December 5

The Cayuga Heights Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. at Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Road. The special meeting and public hearing is set to hear comment on changes to the zoning law.

Village of Dryden

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Freeville

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Groton

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Lansing

Monday, December 4

The Lansing Board of Trustees meets at 7:30 p.m. at 2405 N. Triphammer Road, with consideration for paid family leave for full-time employees on the agenda.

Village of Trumansburg

No meetings scheduled.

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