Make Laws, Raise Heck: January 22-26 Tompkins County Government Happenings

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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.

Tompkins County

Monday, January 22

The Health and Human Services committee meets at 4:30 p.m. at the legislative chambers on 121 E. Court St.  Continued discussion of supervised injection facilities is on the agenda, along with budget adjustments to payroll accounts for 2017 at the Office for the Aging.

Wednesday, January 24

The Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. at 125 E. Court St. in the Old Jail conference room. The discussion will be on 2018 goals for the group, along with administrative oversight for diversity and inclusion.

Thursday, January 24

The Tompkins County Council of Governments [TC-COG] meets at 3 p.m. in the Old Jail building, 125 E. Court St. On the agenda is a report on converting streetlights to LEDs, and an interim report from the task force on issues with providing emergency services.

City of Ithaca

Tuesday, January 23

The Planning & Development Board will meet at 6 p.m. in Common Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green St. On the agenda is review of a subdivision and site plan at 209 Hudson Street for two new duplexes, along with consideration of site plan approval for 111-115 The Knoll, which is turning a single family home into a living facility for up to 16 people.

Wednesday, January 24

The Community Police Board meets at 3:30 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. No special reports are on the agenda, but the public can always comment on police business on this meeting.


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Town of Caroline

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Danby

Monday, January 22

The Conservation Advisory Council meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road.

Town of Dryden

Thursday January 25

The Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m at the Dryden Town Hall 93 East Main Street. On the agenda is a public hearing for the solar farm which is in its final planning stages. The board will also discuss the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan.

Town of Enfield

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Groton

Wednesday, January 24

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. at 101 Conger Boulevard. This is an organizational meeting.

Town of Ithaca

Monday January 22

The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. in the Aurora Room. On the agenda is an appeal by Dunkin’ Donuts for a sign replacement.

Town of Lansing

Monday January 22

The Planning Board will meet at the Town Hall at 29 Auburn Road at 6:30pm. The agenda meeting items include public hearings on a proposed 4 lot subdivision on East Shore Circle and a Verizon cell tower on Conlon Road. Also, there will be a review of the proposed Solar & Alternative Energy Local Law.

Town of Newfield

No meetings scheduled.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, January 23

The Ulysses Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St. On the agenda are old issues and new, including changes to the personnel policy as well as sidewalk and street light approvals.

Wednesday, January 24

There will be a special board meeting held at 8 a.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St. to perform an annual audit of the Supervisor, Court and Town Clerk financial records.

Village of Cayuga Heights

A Planning Board meeting is listed on the village calendar, but no agenda is listed.

Village of Dryden

The Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. 16 South st in the Village of Dryden

Village of Freeville

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Groton

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Lansing

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Trumansburg

The Village of Trumansburg Board of Trustees will hold a Special Board Meeting, Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, 56 E. Main St.  The purpose of this meeting is to attend a presentation of the Trumansburg Neighbors Alliance [TBNA] “Analysis of The Village of Trumansburg’s Current Zoning Ordinance”, and any other business that may come before the Board.

Dryden Central School District

Monday, January 22

The Dryden Central school board meets at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library.  Board documents and the agenda are available here. The agenda includes a look at the 2018-19 executive budget payments to local school districts.

Ithaca City School District

Tuesday, January 9

The Ithaca City School District Board of Education meets at 6 p.m. in the Administration building, 400 Lake Street. [The Board usually goes into executive session at 6 p.m., then goes public at 7 p.m.] You can view the full agenda and board documents here.

Lansing Central School District

Monday, January 22

The Lansing school board enters regular session at 7 p.m. in the ES Teacher center. On the agenda, among many reports, is a presentation on curriculum from Kathy McHugh.

Newfield Central School District

No meetings scheduled.

Trumansburg Central School District

Monday, January 8

The Trumansburg school board meets at Charles O. Dickerson High School library at 6 p.m. There are first readings of new school district policies scheduled, on “Dignity for All Students,” “Records Management,” and “Student Gender Identity.” Here’s the agenda.

Featured photo: A January 10, 2018, Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency meeting during public comment. Josh Brokaw/TruthSayers


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