The Cortland Common Council will meet tonight at 6pm at City Hall in the City of Cortland. Some of the items on their agenda tonight include Adopting the 2023 City Budget, Authorizing the city to enter into agreements with certain property owners for trash and recycling pickups, authorizing a public hearing for Restore NY grant application, and Declare No Mow May for 2023.
Agenda Item No. 1: The council will vote to approve the 2023 city budget after review and public hearings were held earlier this year.
Agenda Item No. 5: Entering into agreements with certain property owners for trash and recycling pickups. The city for a number of years has under an informal agreement picked up trash contained in the current blue bags and recycling from residences that are located outside the City of Cortland’s boundaries, but are located along established City trash and recycling pick up routes. The Common Council looks to formalize the current agreements with Blue Moose Sanitation, Inc. stating the agreements will not impact trash and recycling operations or increase the cost of service.
Businesses or residences that are outside the City of Cortland boundaries, but on the trash routes may pay the City of Cortland $250 dollars a year for use of City-provided trash and recycling totes, and also comply with all requirements of the program.
Agenda Item No. 6: The City of Cortland looks back at the old Parker School building, which plans for the renovation of the building by the YMCA and CAPCO were terminated due to rising costs. The Common Council looks to authorize a public hearing for a Restore NY Grant Application. The public hearing would take place on January 3rd, at 6pm prior to the regularly scheduled meeting for public comments on the application of $2 million dollars to renovate the building for residential use.
Agenda Item No. 7: Declare No Mow May for 2023, if approved, the city would invite homeowners to register their properties to participate by pledging not to mow in the month of May. Reasons are to help pollination. Early spring is a time of vulnerability for pollinators as they emerge from hibernation and food sources are scarce. Yards, left to grow naturally, can be an important stopgap nectar source for pollinators during a critical period.