City OK’s sidewalk extension for phase 3 businesses

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Cortland Common Council met via Zoom last night and voted 5-3 in favor of allowing businesses to use outdoor service on the sidewalk when possible, starting with phase three and running temporarily until July 22.

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More conversations are planned for the next meeting on potentially including certain parking and public areas.

“We’ll need to get some more input from the community on that,” said Mayor Brian Tobin. “For now, this July 22 date allows us to see how sidewalks go and make any potential adjustments if those are needed.”

The permission is conditional upon each business abiding by the following:
1. Comply with Chapter 208 of the Cortland City Code (Peace and Good Order)
2. Comply with any directive of the fire chief or his delegate as to issues of fire safety
3. Comply with any directive of the Police chief or his delegate for the safe passage of users of the sidewalk
4. Limit, unless with the permission of adjoining property owners, the area used to the frontage of the

Also at last night’s meeting, city leaders also allocated $2k to a growing partnership with the county BDC to help promote local businesses during their phased re-openings.

The effort has been joined onto by several other municipalities and the county, as well.

Additionally, a hiring freeze was lifted at the city fire department to fill a vacancy created by last week’s retirement of Capt. Dave Jensen after more than two decades of service.

To fill his boots, one current firefighter will be promoted to captain and another will be hired.

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