Make Laws, Raise Hell: January 2-5 Tompkins County Government Meetings & Events

Categories Ithaca, Politics

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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 now available! If you see a meeting missing from this list, email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org.

Special Event

Friday, January 5

The special hearing for Karen Baer, suspended director of the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights, resumes at 9 a.m. at the Tompkins County Health Department, 55 Brown Road. [Very near the airport – If you want to attend from downtown and don’t have wheels, take the TCAT Route 32.]

See More TruthSayers reporting on this story:

TruthSayers’ Karen Baer Case File – Hundreds of Pages, Including an Unpublished Report

Tompkins County Makes Case Against Suspended Human Rights Director

Suspended by County,Human Rights Director Claims Retaliation

Tompkins County

Tuesday, January 2

The Budget, Capital, and Personnel committee meets at 5 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. in the legislature chambers. On the agenda are resolutions to accept state grants and award 2018 strategic tourism funding to Historic Ithaca and the Tompkins Center for History and Culture project.

The County Legislature meets at 5:30 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. Appointing a chair and vice chair for 2018 is on the agenda, along with a resolution to urge the state to repeal a mandate that people with income pay to stay in emergency shelters, and final resolutions on the grants above.

Thursday, January 4

The Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality committee meets at 3 p.m. in legislature chambers. On the agenda are reports from Tompkins County Area Development and TCAT, accepting disability employment initiative funding, and “amending Section 224 of New York State County Law to Permit Counties to Appropriate Funds Towards the Development, Maintenance, or Management of Affordable Housing.”

City of Ithaca

Wednesday, January 3

Common Council meets at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. On the agenda is authorization for the city attorney to start litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors; authorizing the issuance of $2,788,000 in bonds for the Brindley Street bridge replacement; $275,000 in bonds for the West State/Martin Luther King changes; $25,500 for replacing the North Aurora Street bridge over Cascadilla Creek; $968,500 for Elmira Road improvements, $50,000 for Hangar Theatre improvements; and $5,225,575 in bonds for “the Cost of Certain Capital Improvements.” Also on the agenda is approval of Downtown and Collegetown design guidelines.


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Town of Caroline

Tuesday, January 2

The Caroline Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Road. The agenda includes 2018 organizational resolutions, signing contracts for 2018 for legal services with Thaler & Thaler and agreement for reimbursement of insurance premiums with the Slaterville and Brooktondale fire districts, and fire protection with Speedsville and Brooktondale.

Town of Danby

No government meetings scheduled.

Town of Dryden

Thursday, January 4

The Dryden Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. for its annual reorganizational meeting.

Town of Enfield

Wednesday, October 4

The Enfield Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road.

Town of Groton

No meetings scheduled on website.

Town of Ithaca

Thursday, January 5

The Conservation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. Bluebird box maintenance and deer management are on the agenda.

Town of Lansing

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Newfield

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, January 2

The Town of Ulysses Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St. A draft zoning discussion is on the agenda.

Thursday, January 4

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

The Town of Ulysses steering committee for zoning updates 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, January 2

There is a public meeting scheduled at the Village Hall, 5 Factory Street, at 7 p.m. to “discuss extending three months to the moratorium on Multiple-Unit Residential Building Development in the Village. Residents are welcome and encouraged to attend to share ideas with the Mayor and the Board of Trustees.”

Village of Groton

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Lansing

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Trumansburg

No meetings scheduled.

Dryden Central School District

No meetings scheduled.

Ithaca City School District

Tuesday, January 2

The Ithaca City School District Board of Education has three committee work sessions scheduled this evening at the Administration building, 400 Lake Street. The Curriculum committee meets at 4 p.m., the Legislative Action committee meets at 5 p.m., and the Facilities committee meets at 6:30 p.m. Find ICSD agenda and documents here.

Lansing Central School District

No meetings scheduled.

Newfield Central School District

The January 4 meeting of the Newfield Central School District Board of Education is cancelled. The board usually meets on the first and third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., in the Weaver conference room, upstairs in the elementary school building at 247 Main Street. Newfield schools documents can be found here.

Trumansburg Central School District

No meetings scheduled.

Featured photograph: Karen Baer speaks at an October 30, 2017, meeting in the Tompkins County legislature chambers while legislator Mike Sigler looks on. Josh Brokaw/TruthSayers


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