Friday, February 10, 2006

Town Board Meeting

When the margins have to be stretched to fit the agenda onto one page, I think maybe I should grab an afternoon nap to prepare for a long meeting. But, in fact, this packed agenda was covered in a little more than three hours. Here are some details.

Highway Department: superintendent Bush has ordered speed limit signs for roads where lowered speed limits have been approved, including Caswell, Wood, Sheldon, Neimi, Etna and Hanshaw. Who knew that buying and installing each sign costs $130? A request has been submitted for lowered speed limits on Bone Plain, Upper Creek, Ellis Hollow Creek, Game Farm, Kirk and Livermore Roads.

County Briefing: Martha Robertson, now on the Planning, Development and Environmental Quality committee as well as Heath and Human Services, Public Safety and Industrial Development, talked about the Tompkins County density policy, three-year assessment and the Tioga County Intermunicipal Council of Governments. Mike Hattery added comments regarding Route 13 corridor management and a move to enable taxpayers to research assessments in town halls in addition to the County Clerk's office in downtown Ithaca.

Engineering: Andy Sciarabba reported on plans for the proposed Pinckney Road water and sewer districts (which, incidentally include only about the first half mile of Pinckney Road) and raised questions regarding planning infrastructure for the new town hall prior to planning for the use of the remaining property.

Recreation: Jen Dube reported on Travel Basketball, Youth Wrestling, Ice Skating, Lacrosse and the upcoming Ellis Hollow Winterfest (February 25). A request to reallocate some Recreation Department funds was postponed 'til March pending clarification.

Attorney: Mahlon Perkins reported on the ongoing discussion with the Village regarding the Village providing security for Town Court in exchange for Zoning Enforcement services from the Town.

Zoning Officer: While there was no discussion of the Town property land use, next month Environmental Planner Dan Kwasnowski will present a timeline for public input and decision making. Plans for the new Town Hall are still expected to go up for bid at the end of March so that construction can begin in July. With so many design elements up in the air, cost estimates are still based very roughly on square footage. The estimate, $1.6 million in 2002, is not $2.3 million, partly because of rising costs and partly because of increased square footage. There's a great deal of work to do regarding LEED certification and NYSERDA funding. (Have I spelled those acronyms right?)

Environmental Planner: The lengthy stormwater presentation is postponed 'til next month. Dan will soon be finished with Debbie Gross's Ellis Hollow well survey and will report on it next month. The county planning department and TCAT are cooperating on a route 13 corridor study.

Town Clerk: The new dog licensing procedure is working, mostly. Bambi Hollenbeck has spoken to the new SPCA director. All dogs licensed at the SPCA will now go through Dryden, not the towns where the new dog owners live. The new SPCA director has been invited to next month's meeting.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9:58 PM, February 13, 2006  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

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8:26 AM, February 14, 2006  
Blogger Maggy said...

You know, I think it would be exactly the opposite of being interesting- except for the fact that I find this blog to be quite interesting. I am, however, one of the five Dryden Democrats that "anonymous" mentioned. Perhaps I'm biased.

11:26 AM, March 03, 2006  

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