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Tompkins Legislature Approves Hydropower And A Study Of Police Consolidation

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At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Tompkins County legislature approved an agreement with a company named Gravity Renewables.

This could end up producing about two-thirds of the electricity needed by county government for many years. It’s described as clean, local and renewable power.

The county will purchase renewable hydroelectric power from a facility in Waterloo for 20 years, guaranteeing the county electricity at a stable price.

Legislators also approved a declaration that a new Red Mill Road Bridge in Dryden would have no significant impact on the environment.

This is another step toward replacement of the bridge over Fall Creek. The nearby Malloryville road bridge also will be refurbished under the county’s capital program. The Town of Dryden will pay 20% of the cost.

The state says it can put a price tag on how much the new Lago Casino in Seneca County means for neighbors. At last night’s legislature meeting, the Tompkins County finance director relayed information from the State Gaming Commission that the county can expect to receive $1.2 million in licensing fees.

Should Tompkins County consolidate its police? Administrator Joe Mareana told legislators he’s going to apply for state money to study whether or not it’s a good idea. Mareana hopes to obtain $50,000 to investigate what’s feasible.

The Tompkins County legislature also voted to accept $35,000 dollars in state funding to strengthen its Youth Services Department’s Runaway and Homeless Youth education and prevention efforts.

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