Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin offered the annual “State of the City” address Wednesday evening at City Hall.
He acknowledged that Cortland has taken some hits but says “we’re still standing.”
Tobin told Oldies 101.5 News he remains interested in housing in Cortland, an issue he feels was important to his election.
The Mayor expects good things from the city’s rental housing and the registration program and is pleased that money is being invested in neighborhoods.
He plans to work with city council to develop a policy to deal with some of the 50 to 70 vacant properties in the city, but will have to prioritize the use of $70,000 budgeted for this effort.
Tobin was determined to focus on positive aspects about Cortland. He outlined major changes to Cortland parks, especially Suggett Park’s Wickwire Pool. The Mayor believes it will reopen sooner than expected.
“City Hall’s been working very hard between our DPW and our Parks department and we should be on track to open again this June, on time,” said Tobin. “A new, improved and very attractive facility. So I’m very excited about that opening up again, at the end of June.”
The mayor also touched on the need for improved facilities for public safety – police and fire – and he told those in the audience his goal was to spend much of his speech on the issue of developing business in Cortland.