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Cortland Common Council Hears Budget Request For Cameras

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One person spoke Tuesday night at a public hearing on the use of Food Trucks in Cortland. City Council is considering rules for where and when the trucks can set up for business.

Council also heard a presentation from director Jennifer Hamilton on Tobacco-Free Cortland’s efforts to reduce the amount of cigarette marketing that children see at most convenience stores. Setting rules for e-cigarettes is another priority for the group.

Council voted to allocate $68,000 to help three unnamed new businesses, including one that sells cigarettes and will receive money for ads and inventory.

Council heard a request from Deputy Police Chief Paul Sandy to restore funding in the 2018 police budget for more cameras to complete the coverage of the Main Street historic business district.

The exotic animal permits for three ferrets, one rabbit, one ball python snake, one chinchilla and eight rats were politely rejected.

Council also approved the purchase of a new fire department rescue truck, using budgeted money and a federal grant. It could be in service by next summer, according to Deputy Fire Chief Wayne Friedman.

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