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County Legislature Meets Tonight. Discussions Include Redistricting, Courthouse Renovations


The Cortland County Legislature will meet tonight at 6pm for their monthly full legislative meeting. Notable items on the agenda include: Reducing the number of county legislators, authorizing an agreement for the Courthouse Dome/Cupola restoration, and security cameras in the parking lot behind the courthouse.

Agenda Item No. 1 will be in regards to reducing the number of county legislators from 17 to 15. Every 10 years, redistricting is required from results of the Federal Census data. The county formed a redistricting commission who came to the conclusion that reducing the number of legislators by 2, would be the most beneficial.

Each newly drawn district will have a population between 3,000 to 3,200 Cortland County Residents and will be effective come November 7th.

The legislature will also look to authorize an agreement between Bell & Spina Architects in regards to the County Courthouse Dome/Cupola renovations.

Recently, the county was awarded almost $2.4 million dollars for the restoration of the county courthouse. Projects expected to be completed are the main entryway stairs, which have been closed since 2016, and the dome and cupola. The county also allocated $1 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan for the planning, preparation and implementation of the repairs needed.

The parking behind the courthouse and adjacent to the Sheriff’s Office and Jail recently had security cameras installed after a long process with a company unable to complete the installation.

Back in 2018, the Sheriff’s Office went into a contract with Cedar Path Solutions Group to install the parking lot surveillance, but in 2021, it was determined that the company was unable to complete the project and provided a refund.

Last year, the Sheriff contracted local business Beard Electric LLC to install the surveillance system for a cost of $26,668. The cameras were installed properly this year and the funds now need to be added to the Jail budget to cover the project costs.

The legislative meeting may be streamed online through the county website Cortland-Co.org.

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