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Cortland Council: Codes, Parking, Trees And Cameras

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Cortland City Council met Tuesday night, opening with a public hearing on the city code concerning property maintenance.

Second Ward Alderman Kathryn Silliman lamented decaying properties around the city, saying “that’s going to change.”

She expects to see more aggressive code enforcement.

Alderman Adam Megivern from the 7th Ward pointed out that the city is trying to help property owners by waiving fees for many improvements.

Another public hearing was to update the city code to allow for removal of a few parking spaces on the south or downhill side of Prospect Terrace at the intersection with Calvert St.

Clear sightlines should make it a little safer for traffic.

As part of the regular meeting agenda, Cortland Police Deputy Chief Paul Sandy explained the next phase of police video cameras downtown.

Under plans approved by council in 2012, there will eventually be 30 cameras.

This year, Sandy proposes adding 15 to buildings and poles overlooking street corners and parking lots from Williams Street, north to Orchard Street.

Sandy says the cameras will add to four already in service.

Sandy says he can allocate $50,000 from the police budget toward the estimated cost of $88,000.

Before a Council vote on the rest of the money, members want to provide an opportunity for the public to comment at its next meeting on July 5.

According to the Deputy Chief, the cameras will add to downtown bike and foot patrols, to make more people feel secure.

The new Wickwire pool is a hit. During their Ward reports many council members praised the renovated pool.

Mayor Brian Tobin reported impressive attendance for its reopening weekend: 1,300 swimmers on Saturday and another 800 on Sunday.

Council approved plans to hire a tree service.

Cortland plans to remove about 30 trees in distress this summer.

National Grid’s tree maintenance program will take care of about 15 trees plus 10 stumps.

The city hired Carters Tree Service for about $9,400 to bring down five others that might fall down.

The contract also includes a reserve in case storm cleanup is needed.

Cortland is designated as a national Tree City and Mayor Brian Tobin pointed out it will plant many more trees than it will lose – adding 75 this spring.

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