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Ice jam/flooding update

Message:Ice Jam / Flooding Update Contact Person:Lieutenant Thomas T. Basher Jr. Public Information Officer Fax 272-2793, Cell 227-5001,TBasher@CityofIthaca.org

Ice Jam and Flooding Update for the City of Ithaca

A State of Emergency in the City of Ithaca continues until Sunday and the City’s Emergency Operations Center will remain open throughout the weekend.

Weather Update-

Today’s […]

Heating with wood

With the drop in temperatures, many of us are turning to our fireplaces and wood stoves for heat and comfort. If you are like me, you may have been building fires for years without realizing that wood heat – if not done properly – can be inefficient and wasteful, and lead to excessive smoke […]

Tackling Sidewalks


The City’s new system to fund the repair and expansion of our sidewalks uses a modest annual assessment of all properties. Everyone will chip in for this public amenity, and no longer will individual property owners be saddled with sudden huge costs to build or repair the bit of sidewalk system which happens to […]

West Hill Emerging

As many of you know, a Cornell landscape architecture class has taken on West Hill as a project. With input from the residents, the students are applying their skills to revisioning our neighborhood. A copy of the course syllabus is at Sylabus (under “DOCUMENTS, above).

Their stated goals are (from their website, Many Voices, One […]

When can we meet?

From time to time, it’s good for neighbors to get together — to share problems, discuss solutions, organize activities, or just to say hi. We know that people’s schedules vary and it’s impossible to suit everyone. With this little poll of “best times” we hope to find the time that most people have free. The […]

Ithaca Journal Guest Viewpoint

Land sale goes against vows for sustainability By Linda Grace-Kobas

‘Our activities today will have a profound impact on society not only for us but for many generations to come.’

This quote from the re­cently released U.N. Inter­governmental Panel on Cli­mate Change brings home to us the urgency of dealing with our rapidly changing global […]

Composting food-scraps

I am happy to share some information of an upcoming pilot curbside food scrap recycling program that will be initiated in the city-portion of West Hill, and will be expanded into the town-areas of West Hill in approximately mid-2014.

On Monday, October 28, 6:00-7:00 pm, and Saturday, November 2, 10:30-11:30 am, Tompkins County Solid Waste […]

County approves land sale for “Cayuga Village”

The Tompkins County legislature approved sale of the Biggs land parcel for the purpose of developing the “Climate Showcase” housing on West Hill. The vote was 11 to 4 in favor of the sale. Discussion of the proposal began shortly after the beginning of the meeting at 5:30 in the afternoon. A number of West […]


The Tompkins County Legislature is scheduled to vote on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, to permit the sale of property on West Hill for the purpose of a housing development called “Cayuga Village.” For many reasons, some of which are on this website at “Objections to ‘Cayuga Village,’” this petition asks the legislature to vote “No” […]

Advocating “Cayuga Village”

The following is a letter by county legislator Will Burbank, providing further explanation of the nature of the “Cayuga Village” project and stating his support of it. Opposition to this project is posted on this site at “Objections to “Cayuga Village.”

Will Burbank

West Hill Neighbors,

On Tuesday night the Tompkins County Legislature will be […]