The Cortland Common Council met last night (April 2) for its first April meeting.
That meeting began with a presentation on substance use in Cortland County high schools by Matt Whitman of the Cortland Area Community’s That Care.
He gave a lot of statistics which were compiled from a survey administered to nearly 1,400 students grades 7-12 in Cortland, Marathon, McGraw and Cincinnatus School Districts.
Overall, Whitman says Alcohol and tobacco use are down substantially since the survey was first administered in 2002. In fact, tobacco is at its lowest point on record.although vaping numbers among youth have skyrocketed.
Opioid use among teens appears to be relatively stable, with around 20% of respondents saying they’ve used them in the past month. That’s been the case since 2002 as well. Whitman actually says the primary concern with opioids should be with an older demographic, somewhere between 25-50.
The Council also recognized Cortland Police Chief Michael Catalano was recognized for 35 years of service with the City.
Also discussed last night, leaf and branch pickup in the city, which has become an issue since the weather has gotten warmer and snow has started to clear. The DPW will begin that next week.
NY Hemp Oil Grant
The Council also approved an application for a state grant totaling $750,000 that would expand New York Hemp Oil’s Operations and created dozens of jobs for low to middle income residents at the former JTS Lumber Building on South Main Street.