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Neighborhood Garage Sale

September 6, 2014, 9:00 am-1:00 pm — the West Hill Neighborhood Garage Sale was a success for most participants; lessons were learned for putting on next year’s event. Thanks to all who took part, sellers and buyers alike! Continue reading Neighborhood Garage Sale

Repeal resolution for 7/14/14 meeting

To be added to meeting of the Government Operations and Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee meeting on July 14, 2014


WHEREAS, on October 1, 2013 this Legislature adopted Resolution 2013-165 “Authorizing the sale of real property located on Harris B. Dates Drive in the Town of Ithaca” and accompanying SEQRA Resolution No. 164 of 2013 “Making a Negative Declaration of Environmental Significance”, and

WHEREAS, the adoption of said Resolutions authorized the County Continue reading Repeal resolution for 7/14/14 meeting

Resolution for 7/14/14 meeting

Tompkins County Legislature Meeting: 07/14/14 04:30 PM
Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building Department: Planning Department
Ithaca, NY 14850 Category: Land
Functional Category: CJA/ATI Board, Planning



Authorizing NRP Properties, LLC to Submit Application for Project on Property Located on Harris B. Dates Drive in the Town of Ithaca

WHEREAS, in anticipation of vacating the Biggs B building as a part of the relocation of the Health Department to new quarters in a renovated building on Brown Road in the Cornell Business Park, the County contemplated the sale of the surrounding property and committed the proceeds of such a sale to support a portion of the cost of renovating the Brown Road building, and

WHEREAS, upon consultation with the Planning Advisory Board as well as the Legislature’s Government Operations; Facilities and Infrastructure; and Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committees, the County subdivided its parcel into three separate parcels, one of which consists of Continue reading Resolution for 7/14/14 meeting

County Comprehensive Plan Update

You’re invited help shape the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan Update. Six public meetings are coming up this week and next!
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How can we make Tompkins County a place where:

  • Economic prosperity is accessible to all?
  • Natural features and working rural landscapes are preserved and enhanced?
  • The entire community is prepared for the economic, environmental, and social impacts of climate change?
  • The built environment promotes safety and daily physical activity?

These and other questions about the future of our community will be the topics of discussion at six upcoming public meetings hosted by the Tompkins County Planning Department on the update of the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan. The meetings will focus on proposed policies to address challenges facing the community. Participants will be asked to comment on the proposed policies and suggest specific actions the community might take to implement those policies. A draft plan incorporating comments received during this phase of the public input process is anticipated to be ready for public review in the fall, with a final plan to be presented to the County Legislature for adoption later this year.

Please consider joining us at one of the upcoming meetings.

June 19 Tompkins County Public Library’s Borg Warner Room, 11am-1pm
June 19 GIAC, 301 Court St, Ithaca 5:30pm-7:30pm
June 23 Caroline Elementary School, 2439 Slaterville Rd, Slaterville Springs, 7pm-9pm
June 24 Newfield Town Hall, 166 Main St., Newfield, 7pm-9pm
June 25 Jacksonville Community Methodist Church, 1869 Trumansburg Rd, Jacksonville, 7pm-9pm
June 26 Groton Town Hall, 101 Conger Blvd, Groton, 7pm-9pm

For further information contact the Tompkins County Planning Department, email compplan@tompkins-co.org or 607-274-5560.

Odd/Even Parking revisions in the works

The City of Ithaca is considering changes to the Odd/Even Parking Regulations and is hosting a series of community meetings to present the findings of the Odd/Even Parking Task Force. Residents are encouraged to attend one of the meetings to learn more about the proposed changes, and to share any thoughts, ideas, comments, concerns and questions with members of City staff.

Below is the schedule of meeetings to be held on this topic.
You may download a PDF of the draft report of the Odd-Even Task Force Initial Report 6-05-14

Questions about the meetings can be forwarded to Chief of Staff Kevin Sutherland at ksutherland@cityofithaca.org

?Meeting Times and Locations:

Thursday, June 12:
• 5:30-7:00PM-Southside Community Center

Monday, June 16:
• 5:30-7:00PM- Belle Sherman Elementary Cafeteria

Tuesday, June 17:
• 5:30-7:00PM-Greater Ithaca Activities Center Gymnasium
• 7:30-9:00PM-Lehman Alternatives Community School Black Box Theater?

City Land Use Public Workshop:

Come give us your input on what the City of Ithaca should look like in the future!

On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, the City of Ithaca’s Comprehensive Plan Committee will be hosting a workshop on future land use in the city. There will be two opportunities for input. The first session will be from 3:45-5:30 p.m. and the second session will be from 6:15-8:00 p.m., in City Hall, Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, 108 E. Green Street (across the street from the Tompkins County Public Library).

The Committee will present its recommendations on neighborhood preservation and future growth. Your comments on these ideas will be incorporated into the land use chapter of the City’s new Comprehensive Plan. For more information, visit the Comprehensive Plan,

To sign up for a workshop, please RSVP for one of the sessions using one of the links below, or contact the Department of Planning, Building, Zoning, & Economic Development at 274-6550.

We very much hope you can join us!

NOTE: If you have a disability and you would like specific accommodations of any kind in order to participate, please contact the City Clerk at 274 6570 by 12:00 p.m. on the day before the meeting.
Charles Pyott
Office Assistant
Division of Planning & Economic Development
Department of Planning, Building, & Economic Development
108 E. Green Street, Third Floor
City of Ithaca
Ithaca, New York 14850
Tel: (607) 274-6550
Fax: (607) 274-6558
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F

West Hill Cleanup Day

Greetings fellow West Hillers,

This year’s West Hill Clean-up will take place the morning of Saturday, April 26. This can be a really enjoyable day with neighbors; do pitch in.

The trash bags get set out the night before (Friday), or at the crack of dawn on the 26th. Generally there is a flag at each of the spots, which are spread all over West Hill.  One is at the bottom of Elm Street, one is at the corner of Hook and Warren Place.  There are a couple on Hector Street, a couple on Warren, one or two on Cliff and Campbell and on Oakwood. I don’t remember where all the spots are.  Ray Schlather does that part, generally. There will be a bag / collection spot near just about everyone. You can tell where they are by looking for them.  You’ll see them.
After you fill as many bags as you want, you return them to the spot where you got them.  Then Ray Schlather, myself, and others drive around in a truck and trailer and pick everything up and take it to the dump, beginning shortly after noon.
The City pays the tipping fee.  We record how much we collect in pounds, maybe tons.  The more trash we collect, the better.  If we collect a lot, we get to brag about it to our friends from other neighborhoods at fancy cocktail parties.
If people would like to sign-up for a specific neighborhood, that probably will help us to cover a more complete area.  You can also work solo, or with your children, whatever.
I think Ray will probably chime in later this week with more specifics, if that is needed.

Remember, please, that this is NOT clear-out the junk you’ve accumulated in your garage and basement day. We are collecting the “wild ” trash that can be found outdoors on West Hill.

Sadly, we have seen a decline in participation for this neighborhood undertaking in recent years. We particularly could use more help with “heavy lifting” trash, stuff like shopping carts that have found their way into the gullies on lower West Hill.

This is hard work, but when a number of people pitch in together, it can be fun.

There is no sign-up for this required, but if you would like to help with some of the heavy lifting and hauling, please drop me a line.

George McGonigal
tel: 272-0639

Annual Street Cleaning Program

During the next month — March 31-April 28 — city crews will be cleaning the streets, making it necessary that no cars be parked on the street when crews arrive. They will post signs in the blocks to be cleaned at least 24 hours in advance, so be alert for their appearance. While there is a day-by-day schedule for streets east of the Inlet, our West Hill cleaning will be announced only by the appearance of on-street signs.

Below, the city’s press release: Continue reading Annual Street Cleaning Program

Statement to Tompkins Co Legislature

Statement at the Tompkins County Legislature – 02/18/2014

Good evening. My name is Sophie Zapala and I am a resident of West Hill.

I am here tonight to present several important and pressing issues to you.

October 1, 2013, has been etched in the collective memory of all the residents on West Hill. It is the day on which this body decided to sell the Biggs property to NRP Properties LLC, a private investment firm headquartered in Cleveland, OH, without performing a complete New York State-mandated environmental impact analysis – in face of almost unanimous opposition from the concerned residents of West Hill. That day should be etched in your memories, too. Continue reading Statement to Tompkins Co Legislature

Safety Message

Press Release / Safety Message

Agency:               Ithaca Fire Department
Date:                    Friday, February 22, 2014
Time:                   8:30 pm.
Location:             310 West Green Street, Ithaca
Incident:                            Ice / Gorge Safety
Contact Person:   Lieutenant Thomas T. Basher Jr.   Public Information Officer

Fax (607) 272-2793,  Cell (607) 227-5001, TBasher@CityofIthaca.org

Stay Off The Ice

Ithaca’s gorges are spectacular all year long, but they are equally dangerous as well. As the weather starts to improve and we venture out, the Ithaca Fire Department reminds everyone to exercise extreme caution in our area gorges.

  • • Stay on designated trails only
  • • Do not cross over fence lines
  • • Adhere to all posted signage and warnings of danger
  • • It is illegal to swim in the gorges

On Friday, Ithaca Rescue crews were called to the base of Ithaca Falls for people in distress in the ice and water.  They were able to get out on their own and had left the scene prior to emergency responders arrival. They were lucky.  It could have easily been a tragic outcome.