Rundown of Cortland Common Council Meeting, January 15, 2019

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It was a busy meeting last night (January 15) of the Cortland Common Council.

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The first topic of discussion: changes to city zoning laws.

A proposal was struck down last night that would’ve created a student high-density overlay district near Downtown Cortland, allowing landlords to rent student housing to more occupants than city code currently allows.

Since students living together are not considered a “family,” the code says only three occupants are allowed to be rented to at a time.

Concerns from residents and disagreement on the details of such a district caused last night’s proposal to fail, but Mayor Brian Tobin said the zoning laws are not static document and will continue to be visited.


Two governmental appointments were approved last night.

Richard Stock was officially sworn in as the District 6 County Legislator, replacing Mary Ann Discenza, and Kat McCarthy was sworn in as the 1st Ward Alderwoman, replacing Michelle Mastropolo.

A new city police officer was also sworn in last night, as well as the city’s newest firefighter. Also taking their oath were members of the city fire police and three volunteer fire chief officers.

Board of Director Terms

There was also some discussion towards the end of the meeting about potentially increasing the term of members on the City Board of Trustees from 2 to 4 years, which has already by done by the Village of Homer and is being considered by the County as well.

No official progress was made on that but more discussion is expected.

M.A.P. Grant

The city also accepted a $200,000 state grant to continue its micro-enterprise assistance program.

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