Here are highlights from the Cortland Common Council meeting held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2018:
— A company named Smart Watt is starting to develop a plan to upgrade all lighting in the city to LED. Lights will eventually be owned by the city under this plan, thus saving the costs that are currently paid to National Grid. They will do an audit of lights, develop and present a proposal of replacement or retro-fitting, do a "buy-back" from National grid, send the plan to the New York State Public Service Commission and begin the process. Lights should last 26-33 years. Due to the approvals needed, work probably would not start until spring 2019.
— Council passed a motion to encourage all new construction in city to use barrier free construction processes.
— Council renewed the contract with the Cortland County SPCA for $75,000.
— Officials decided not to down-size the number of members of the City of Cortland Zoning Board of Appeals. The board is made up of seven members.
— Downtown Revitalization Update: Around 100 members attended the two public sessions last week at the Cortland Repertory Theatre. They ranked proposals in levels of support. There was much support for many proposals including the two-way Main Street. This project will involve replacement of infrastructure on Main Street. Potential final meeting of the Local Planning Council will be Thurs., Feb. 15, during which the final proposals to be sent to New York State will be selected. The state will have final review and approval.