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Tonight’s Final Cortland County Legislative Session of 2018

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The Cortland County Legislature will hold its final legislative session of 2018 tonight.

Public Hearings

The meeting will begin with a public hearing on repealing a local law from January 2017 regulating the protocol of tow trucks and the impounding of vehicles in the County. There has been question over technicalities in the law, which the County has decided to repeal the law and employ a policy instead.

There will also be another public hearing for discussion on amendments to the 2002 law establishing the office of county administrator. The County wants to make it easier to update the job description of an administrator in its ongoing search for the position.

County Administrator

These hearings will precede a lengthy agenda containing — among other things — the establishment of a County Administrator Search Committee, which will made up of both legislators and non-legislators. The following legislators are being named to the committee:

Beau Harbin (Chair), Paul Heider, Ann Homer, Chris Newell, Michael Barylski, George Wagner, and Kevin Whitney.

The group of non-legislators has not been announced yet, but legislative clerk Eric Mulvihill says the Legislature has a group of individuals in mind, including the presidents of SUNY Cortland and TC3, as well as representatives from the Industrial Development Agency and Chamber of Commerce.

Recycling Center

The County will once again weigh consideration of opting out of a contract with Tompkins Recycling, LLC., which manages the Cortland County Recycling Center on Pendleton Street. The contract requires a one-year notice to opt out, so the County will tonight consider opting out and taking control of the facility starting in January 2020

Board Appointments

There will be appointments made to various boards, including the Fire advisory, Emergency Medical Services, Regional Planning and Development, Youth, Health and Conservation Boards.

Blodgett Mills Project

The Legislature will also officially announce Economy Paving as the winning bidder of the Blodgett Mills bridge project, which is set to kick off sometime next year. They won with a low bid of $1,249,954.95. The project has an estimated cost of just under $1.9 million and the County has already been approved by the state DOT for just over $1.7 million.

The meeting will take place at 6:00 tonight in the legislative chambers of the County office building, 60 Central Avenue.

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