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Common Council Meet Tonight With a Busy Agenda


The City of Cortland Common Council will meet this evening at 6pm at City Hall at 25 Court St. in the City of Cortland.

Tonight’s meeting includes a busy agenda for the council and mayor. Some items of the agenda to take note of are as follows.

Agenda Item No. 2: File Proposed 2023 Budget and Set Public Hearing

Cortland Mayor Scott Steve had submitted a tentative budget for the City of Cortland with an accompanying budget message to the council.

Modifications to the budget submitted were made and submitted and a public hearing is scheduled to be approved for December 6th at 6pm prior to the scheduled Common Council meeting.

Agenda Item No. 7: Authorize Agreement for Electronic Parking System

Parking is looking to be completely revamped with a new system. Currently, the City has publicly acknowledged a lack of parking spaces in the business district, varied time allowances for street and parking lots.

With the addition of permit parking for both general and residential, the issue of parking has only increased. The City of Cortland has noted the increase of residential living within the business district, parking within the City of Cortland’s business district will create only further limited parking.

The current system the city uses for issuing citations, managing payments, mailing letters and handling appeals has been costly and labor intensive.

Administrators from the City with conjunction of the City of Cortland Police Department have been conducting research regarding Electronic Parking Solutions over the past several years for a means to simplify all facets of the current parking system to save tax dollars and labor.

The Common Council will now vote to approve a new Passport Parking Enforcement Software/United Public Safety Inc. to address the parking problems the city is experiencing.

Demonstrations of the system have been attended by members of City administrations with the Police Department.

If Agenda Item No. 7 is approved, the Common Council will spend $61,655.00 dollars to transition the City of Cortland to the new parking platform. The cost covers equipment, licensing, data storage and warranty.

Agenda Item No. 8: Accept Grant Funds for the Purchase of Ballistic Vests

Currently, the City of Cortland Police Department has in place a policy of replacing bullet proof vests on a 5-year rotation with the department purchasing 10 or more vests annually at a cost of $1,000 dollars each.

To help cover the cost of replacement, the City of Cortland applies for grants to assist in the purchase. The city had applied for a Public Employer Risk Management Association grant for $6,990.06 dollars, and was awarded $3,495.03.

The Common Council looks to approve and accept the grant funds and place them in the City of Cortland Police Department’s budget to assist in offsetting the total cost of replacing bullet proof vests for officers.

The entire list of tonight’s agenda can be found on the City of Cortland’s website HERE.

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