Raise Hell, Make Laws: March 11-16 Tompkins County Government Meetings

Categories Happenings, Ithaca, Politics

This week: Auditing 2018 Industrial Development Agency activities; putting a nepotism policy for a hire in the sheriff’s office; and the T-burg South Street development is asking for zoning variances. All that and more in your weekly government planner.

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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. If we can find a monthly schedule, but no immediate agenda, we try and note that you should contact your local agency to confirm. School board agendas now available, if you scroll all the way down! If you see a meeting missing from this list, email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org


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Tompkins County

Friday, March 15

The Budget, Capital and Personnel committee meets at 9 a.m. at 121 E. Court St. The agenda includes: a presentation by TC3, adjustment of the 2019 sales tax distribution, loaning $500,000 to the History Center to complete renovations at the new building, and approving a “nepotism and compliance plan regarding employment of relatives” for employment of an immediate family member in the Sheriff’s Office.

Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency

Wednesday, March 13

The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency meets at 2:30 p.m. at 121 E. Court St. On the agenda: authorizing the 2018 audit of IDA activities.

More TruthSayers on the IDA: Harold’s Square On Its Way, Tax Break Granted Over Vocal Opposition

City of Ithaca

Monday, March 11

The Parks, Recreation, & Natural Resources commission meets at 6 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. On the agenda is an update on deer management, and discussion of park signage and memorial policies.

Tuesday, March 12

The Economic Development committee of the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall. A request from GreenStar for loan assistance to build the new West End store is on the agenda.

More TruthSayers: GreenStar Expanding, Moving West End Store in 2019

The Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. A public hearing on replacing windows at 208 Dearborn Place is on the agenda, along with design guidance for a new project at 214 Eddy St. and discussion of the Ithaca Gun smokestack.

Wednesday, March 13

The Planning and Economic Development committee, made of Common Council members, meets at 6 p.m. in City Hall. The agenda includes a public hearing on the new Southside neighborhood plan; voting on new ‘special unit’ rules and the Carpenter Business Park planned unit development, extending the agreement to load intercity buses on Green St. for another six months, and a discussion of Tompkins County buying property at Tioga & Sears streets.

More TruthSayers on Carpenter Business Park: Northside – What Do You Want From Cayuga Medical Development?

The Planning & Development Board Project Review & Design Review committee meets at 9 a.m. on the third floor of City Hall, with new buildings at 815-817 N. Aurora and 402 Wood streets;  the ‘Arthaus’  housing development planned for Cherry St. at the current site of AJ Foreign Auto; signs for City Centre and the Hilton Canopy; and the Cornell North Campus expansion all on the agenda.


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Town of Caroline

Tuesday, March 12

The Watershed committee meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Road.

Wednesday, March 13

The Town Board business meeting is happening at the Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Road, at 7 p.m. On the agenda is an update on “age-friendly communities,” and a presentation on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

Town of Danby

Monday, March 11

The Danby Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road. No agenda available yet.

Tuesday, February 12

The Conservation Advisory Council meets at the Danby Gathery, 1774 Danby Road, at 7 p.m.

Town of Dryden

Tuesday, March 12

The Emergency Services committee meets at 7 p.m. at the Dryden Town Hall, 93 E. Main St.

Wednesday, March 13

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

Thursday, March 14

The Dryden Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 93 E. Main St. Documents to be reviewed at board meetings can be found here.

Town of Enfield

Wednesday, March 13

The Enfield Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 182 Enfield Main Road, with an update on a clean energy communities grant, a grant for salt storage, and speed limit reduction policy on the agenda.

Town of Groton

Tuesday, March 12

The Groton Town Board is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 103 Conger Boulevard. The agenda includes: discussion on a flood plain management fee, and presentations from Advantage Solar and the McLean Fire Dept.

Town of Ithaca

Monday, March 11

The Ithaca Town Board meets at 215 N. Tioga St. at 5:30 p.m., with a public hearing scheduled on water improvements on Winthrop Drive. Considering a bond to expand the Public Works facility is also on the agenda.

Wednesday, February 13

The Codes and Ordinances committee meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St. Continued discussion on the town noise ordinance is on the agenda.

Town of Lansing

Monday, March 11

The Lansing Planning Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at 29 Auburn Road. On the agenda: a subdivision hearing on Algerine Road; continued hearing on a bed & breakfast at 59 Emmons Rd., and discussion on a barn event center 1487 Ridge Road.

Town of Newfield

Wednesday, March 13

The Recreation Advisory Board meets at the Town Hall, 166 Main St., at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 14

The Newfield Town Board will meet at the Town Hall, 166 Main St., at 7 p.m. Agenda will be here when available.

Town of Ulysses

Tuesday, March 12

The Ulysses Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10 Elm St. On the agenda is changing EMS billing policies, the county contract for youth services, and more.

Village of Cayuga Heights

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Dryden

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Freeville

Wednesday, March 13

The first planning session on the 2019-20 village budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall, 5 Factory St.

Village of Groton

No meetings scheduled.

Village of Lansing

Monday, March 11

The Lansing Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at the Village Office, 2405 N. Triphammer Road. On the agenda is continuing public hearings on the new Maguire Nissan on Cinema Dr. and on putting in a 4-person tram at 1510 East Shore Dr.

Village of Trumansburg

Tuesday, March 12

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 6 p.m. at 56 E. Main St. to consider an appeal by Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services and Sundial for variances at 46 South St., along with a variance for a property at 50.5 Cayuga St.

Dryden Central School District

No meetings scheduled.

Ithaca City School District

Tuesday, March 12

The full ICSD Board of Education meets for its voting meeting at 400 Lake St., with public session at 7 p.m. Here’s the agenda, with a budget presentation on the agenda. 

Lansing Central School District

Monday, March 11

The Lansing Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at the Elementary School teacher center, with the agenda available here.

Newfield Central School District

No meeting scheduled.

Trumansburg Central School District

No meeting scheduled.

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