The last Common Council meeting of 2017 is at 6pm Wednesday, December 5 at Ithaca City Hall. Topics include:
Pride of Ownership Awards
This will be the 20th Annual Pride of Ownership Awards, which recognizes owners of properties within the City of Ithaca who have developed projects or taken care of their properties in ways that enhance the physical appearance of city neighborhoods and commercial areas. The awards a joint project between the Ithaca Rotary Club and the City of Ithaca.
Restore New York Funding Application
The Restore New York’s Communities Initiative appropriates funding for projects that revitalize urban areas and stabilize neighborhoods. We’ll be voting to put forward two applications:
- “100s West”, which seeks to rehabilitate 121 W. Martin Luther King Jr. St (where the Watershed now lives), 123 W. MLK Jr. St. (Ithaca Journal), and 108-114 W. Green Street (former McNeil Music)
- Renovation of 310 W. MLK Jr. Street, the beautiful but dilapidated house to the right of Southern Tier AIDS Program
Authorizing Cornell University to close off Ezra’s Tunnel
This was recently covered in the New York Times by Cornell Sun reporter and Cornell University student Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs. Cornell University is offering to construct a barrier to the tunnel and hand over ownership to the city.
Mid-block crossing on West State/Martin Luther King Jr. Street
The Board of Public Works and Common Council have approved a major redesign of the West State/Martin Luther King Jr. Street corridor in the West End. One component of the project still requires Council approval, however: a mid-block crossing with traffic signal in the middle of the stretch between Floral Avenue and W. Seneca Street.
Adoption of “Rules of Procedure for City of Ithaca Advisory Commissions”
Voters in the City of Ithaca chose to support restructuring most of the City’s volunteer advisory boards and committees into 4 commissions. This month we be considering rules to define how the commissions conduct their business. Read the proposed rules starting on page 80 of the agenda.
One is a continuation of the popular electrical box artwork project with the box at the intersection of E. State/MLK Street and Stewart Avenue. Another project under consideration is a rotating mural installation on the rear façade of a workshop at the Water & Sewer facilities on First Street. The artist will work with other artists to install new murals on a regular basis.
Finally, creative bike rack designs chosen via a contest are proposed for installation throughout the city. Many of them are relevant to their location, such as references to food by Restaurant Row or comedy and drama masks near Community School of Music and Arts
Appointment of Pete Tyler as Chief of Police
Mayor Svante Myrick has nominated Former Deputy Chief of Police and current Acting Chief of Police Pete Tyler to be the Ithaca Police Department’s next Chief of Police. Here’s a profile of Pete Tyler from earlier in the year and the mayor’s announcement of his decision.
As always, there’s a lot more. Read the agenda and watch us online at ithacany.viebit.com. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or come see us in Council Chambers at City Hall on Wednesday at 6pm.