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Legislature Committee Meetings Begin


The Cortland County Legislature Building and Grounds committee met Tuesday  morning and gave preliminary approval for a contract with the lowest cost bidder, Pulver Roofing of Utica, for just under $460,000. 

  • The committee also approved retaining an Ithaca company for alarm monitoring. 
  • The committee hopes to use Federal American Rescue Plan funding, part of the county $9,000,000 in aid, for a $300,000 makeover of its chambers and meeting room. 
  • A new audio visual system is just the start. New third floor air conditioning at the County Office Building will also use COVID relief money, up to a half-million dollars, pending approval of the full legislature.

Pot smoking around children at the County Office Building concerned the Buildings and Grounds Committee. The county is updating its smoking policy to include marijuana, and may ban all smoking on county property. 

The Highway Committee met later Tuesday morning and supported installation of an active gas collection and flaring system at the county landfill. The goal is to reduce odor and the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted into the atmosphere. The new system would make the county eligible to become a carbon credit provider. Estimated cost: $1.7 million and the county will try to find grants to reduce the local cost. 

The Highway Committee authorized use of Dwyer Park for the Bluegrass Ramble on August 7, and for the Seven Valley Street Rod Club Car Show on September 18.

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