June 2019 Common Council Meeting

Common Council meets 6pm Wednesday, June 5 at Ithaca City Hall on the 3rd floor. You should visit us in person! Or watch us on channel 15 on Spectrum cable or online at ithacany.viebit.com. I also live-tweet meetings under username @duc2ndward.

You can read the agenda here. Lots of big items. Some of the major things we’ll be discussing are:

  • Consolidated plan for 2019-2023 HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) grant funding (Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Program) that sets the following as priorities for HUD money:
    • Improve and expand affordable housing
    • Develop economic and employment opportunities
    • Remove barriers to opportunity
    • Strengthen neighborhoods
    • Meet essential needs for food, shelter, and safety
    • Affirmatively further fair housing
  • Related, the 2019 City of Ithaca Action Plan for allocating 2019 HUD funds:
    • INHS rehabilitation and small repair programs, Immaculate Conception School redevelopment
    • The Learning Web’s Housing Scholarship Program
    • Catholic Charities’ Security Deposit Assistance for Vulnerable Households, Night/Weekend Support for Women in Transition programs, and Immigrant Services Program
    • Finger Lakes ReUse Job Skills Training and Ithaca ReUse Center expansion
    • Historic Ithaca Work Preserve Job Training
    • GIAC’s Hospitality Employment Training Program
    • IURA Economic Development Loan Fund
    • Community Arts Partnership Black Girl Alchemists Public Art Mosaic
    • BJM Elementary School Housing for School Success Program (case manager to assist 26-30 homeless students)
    • Human Services Coalition 2-1-1 information and referral program
  • Conditional approval for Cayuga Medical Center (Carpenter Circle) Planned Unit Development (read about it at The Ithaca Voice)
  • An e-scooter pilot program until November (read about this and the next item at The Ithaca Times)
  • Resolution asking the New York State legislature to expand the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 (modest rent stabilization measures) to municipalities outside the NYC area
  • Ithaca Green New Deal, which sets goals to:
    • Meet city government electricity needs with 100% renewable electricity by 2025
    • Reduce city vehicle fleet emissions by 50% by 2025
    • Carbon neutrality across the city by 2030
    • Create a climate action plan by 2020 to provide details on how to achieve these goals
    • Adopt a Green Building Policy for new buildings in 2019
    • Adopt a Green Building Policy for existing buildings by 2021
    • Assign additional staff as needed to implement any plans
  • Approving a salary for Acting Police Chief Dennis Nayor (the current Deputy Chief of Professional Standards)
  • Resolution asserting the City of Ithaca’s Common Council’s support for reproductive rights

I hope to see you at the meeting or receive your feedback on any the issues we’re discussing: council@cityofithaca.org